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What to See and Do at the Texas Rose Festival in Tyler, Texas

My grandpa loved gardening. I learned much from him. To this day I enjoy puttering around in our garden, growing plants for beauty and food.

Closeup Photo of Rose

Closeup Photo of Rose

My Love of Rose Bushes Runs Deep

I grew up with a grandfather who grew roses outside all of the houses in which he lived. He tenderly cared for them, and they rewarded him with spectacular growth and beauty.

After I was married and my husband and I got a home of our own, I started to grow my own rose bushes and have applied some of the pruning techniques that I learned from my grandfather.

My mother-in-law also loved roses and had a hardy, old-fashioned, antique type of rose bush that grew up and covered a portion of her wooden fence in San Antonio, Texas. She would bring the cut flowers inside and float them in a rose bowl on top of her dining room table.

When she mentioned that she wanted to go to the Tyler Rose Festival one year, she came over to Houston from San Antonio and the three of us headed on up to East Texas to see the annual event.

Nation's Rose Capital

Tyler, Texas, is known as "The Rose Capital of the World" and literally thousands of people converge in this medium-sized East Texas town of just over 100,000 people every October for the annual four-day event of the Texas Rose Festival.

Whether you live close enough to drive back and forth or choose to make a vacation trip out of it and stay in local lodgings, all can see and engage in the many activities on offer, starting with the Texas Rose Festival Parade.

Generally starting on the third weekend in October, one can see beautifully decorated floats go down the streets of Tyler. And as if the floats were not spectacular enough, girls in gorgeous ball gowns created especially for the Rose Festival ride atop the floats.

See Floats, Dresses and Excitement at the Rose Festival

Each year, the people creating these floats and dresses undoubtedly try to outdo the ones created in the previous year. Of course, there are the local bands marching and performing as well as other parade attractions.

This is a fun way to start the annual celebration of the rose!

Water Splashed Rosebud

Water Splashed Rosebud

The Rose Show

Many things go into the making of a successful rose show each year. Obviously one has the gardens, which contain around 500 different varieties of roses numbering approximately 38,000 plants. The rose industry definitely impacts Tyler's economy!

Tyler has one of the nation's 24 approved rose-test gardens, where roses are evaluated for hardiness and disease resistance (among other things) prior to ever being propagated and put up for sale for rose enthusiasts to grow in their own gardens.

So if visiting the Tyler rose and garden center, one will likely see amazing color combinations as well as roses of all sizes that one cannot yet see elsewhere.

The nice thing is that the 14-acre park, open daily, is free to the public.

Municipal Rose Garden in Tyler, Texas

Municipal Rose Garden in Tyler, Texas

The climate in East Texas is humid and sub-tropical, much like Houston, and the roses' best blooming periods in both places are in the Spring and Fall of the year.

All types of roses are grown and evaluated, and the old heritage varieties are kept alive and thriving. Often the antique roses have the greatest of aromas!

Tyler Rose Festival

One fun thing to see and do while attending this annual festival is to attend the Rose Queen's Tea.

The annually chosen queen and some of her attendants and escorts dressed in their elaborate costumes are there in the rose garden to greet the public and have their photos taken next to the many attendees. There is no charge for this!

I am sure that for those vying for the honor each year it is quite a thrill. They add additional interest to the festivities, just like the hoop skirted young ladies that used to adorn the beautiful grounds at Cypress Gardens in Florida used to do.

Other options include attending the Queen's Ball. There are luncheons for both men and women, a craft's fair, lectures which can be attended and even a Rose Museum where the history of the Tyler Rose Festival is kept alive.

Whether one goes for just one day to primarily see the beautiful rose gardens as well as indoor flower exhibits (which can be quite elaborate) during the annual rose festival in Tyler as we did...or to spend all four days enjoying the varied activities, suffice it to say that you will come away with a better appreciation of everything that goes into the development and caring of rose bushes.

In my memory, I can almost imagine the fragrant aromas coming from that visit to the Tyler Rose Garden during the Texas Rose Festival right now while writing this post.

Beautiful Rose

Beautiful Rose


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcome.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 16, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

I agree with you that rose bushes are beautiful in gardens. The longevity of cut roses is not as long as many other types of flowers, so like you, I prefer other types of bouquets.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 16, 2018:

Thanks Peggy

I love roses. This looks a great place to visit and event. Although I love roses I mean growing in the garden. Not my fabourite cut flower for some reason. Longevity maybe

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 08, 2018:

Hi C E Clark,

The gardens are so beautiful in Tyler at the time of the Rose Festival. It is truly fun attending it if even for a day.

C E Clark from North Texas on September 08, 2018:

About time for this festival to take place. Just over a month away. It takes place from Oct. 18 to the 21st this year. A good time for people who want to attend to start planning their trip, especially if they have very far to go. Sounds fun, and I bet the roses are beautiful. Posting this to FB and Awesome HubPages.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

The Tyler Rose Festival is held in October each year. Hopefully the weather is cooler by then. I am sure that you and your sister would enjoy visiting there.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 10, 2018:

Who doesn't just adore a rose? The roses here make me want to reach in and touch and maybe even pick one and I am certain I can smell its gentle fragrance. One more thing my sister and I need to see when I return to Texas. Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 16, 2017:

Hi Roberta,

This little mini-vacation was truly due to my mother-in-law bringing it to our attention. She did love her roses! I am so glad that I got to experience it with her as well as my husband. It was a fun day! It would be even more fun to spend more time there and take in more of the events.

RTalloni on December 15, 2017:

What a neat look at this event. Hearing from some of the people involved and reading of your visit seems like a mini vacation. Who doesn't love roses, and who wouldn't love the different aspects of such an extravaganza? :) How lovely that you have the memory of going with your mother-in-law!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 30, 2015:

Hi aesta1,

It is a lovely gesture to have fresh flowers in a guest room and roses are so very pretty.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 30, 2015:

Hi Audrey,

At least you learned something about it whether you can ever visit there in person at the right time of year to visit the Tyler Rose Festival. :))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 30, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

If I were to return to the Tyler Rose Festival today, I would get much better photos but between the few that I snapped as well as the videos, one gets an idea of what this is all about. It is quite a few days of celebrations all related to the beautiful roses. Thanks for the share.

Stay warm! Spring is fast approaching! :)

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 30, 2015:

I love to put roses in bedrooms as they give the room that scent that only roses have. I had this experience before when I slept in a friend's house and since then, I do the same.

Audrey Howitt from California on January 29, 2015:

Well this looks like fun! I am not near that neck of the woods though!

C E Clark from North Texas on January 29, 2015:

Roses make me think of Valentine's Day, though I know this festival is in October. It must be a very pretty festival judging from your photos, and fun too.

We've had some nice weather the last few days, but it's to start cooling off again soon. Nevertheless, it won't be long before spring springs. ;)

Sharing this again so people can put this festival on their fall schedules.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 29, 2014:

Hello GetitScene,

Well now you are forewarned about the Tyler Rose Festival. Do with the information what you must. Ha!

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on August 26, 2014:

If my wife finds out about this, there will be no stopping her. She loves flowers and is always taking me to some new flower show or such.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 03, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

Am sure that you enjoy your roses. I have a variety of them in our yard. Thanks for the votes and comment.

justmesuzanne from Texas on June 01, 2013:

Yes, one of the better things about Texas is the fact that roses grow well here! I have several kinds of naturalized, old-fashioned climbing roses in my yard. I'm sure this is a beautiful event! Voted up and interesting! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 20, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

Thanks for pinning this to your garden board. Appreciate the share that way. :)

moonlake from America on May 17, 2013:

Have to pin this beautiful rose to my garden board. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 08, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef,

I realize that we are spoiled in the U.S. with regard to spaces. It is a vast land and the land per person ratio is much larger than in some countries. Of course it varies from state to state and some of our cities are more congested. The rose garden in Chandigarh looks beautiful. Thanks for your comment on the Texas Rose Festival in Tyler, Texas and the share.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on May 08, 2013:

Sorry I must share this link about the garden here


Also voting this hub up and sharing

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on May 08, 2013:

Very beautiful pictures of roses. It reminds me of rose garden in Chandigarh about 250 kms or 150 miles from Delhi. The garden is full of roses and has over 1600 varieties of roses and is spread over 30 acres of land.. This might look small land in west but here if you live in 500 yard house in any city, you are filthy rich.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2013:

Hello pinto2011,

Nice that you also have rose festivals in your country. I think that many people love roses and it is great that there are so many varieties of them. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2013:

Hi Stephanie,

Glad that I could introduce you via this hub to the Texas Rose Festival. Thanks for the vote up and the share.

Subhas from New Delhi, India on April 25, 2013:

We also enjoy rose festival in our country at different places and your Texas festival is truly very amazing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2013:

Hi Mary,

Thanks for the revisit to Tyler and the Texas Rose Festival and thanks for the pin. :)

Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 25, 2013:

This looks like a wonderful event to visit. I love flowers, especially roses, and could almost smell their beautiful fragrance from your close-up of the red rose. The Texas Rose Festival in Tyler must go on our to-see list! Voted up and shared!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on April 25, 2013:

I just came back to "smell the roses" today, and to reshare this beautiful Hub and to Pin that gorgeous Rose!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2013:

Hi Sheila,

Hope you get to visit the Tyler Rose Festival this next time. Would be a fun mini-vacation for you and as you mentioned, it is relatively close to where you live. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on April 08, 2013:

Beautiful hub and wonderful information! Tyler is about 4 hours from me, I think. I have been there once, many years ago. I love roses and would love to see this place! Your pictures are beautiful and I love the videos! Now I can't wait until October! Voting up, interesting and beautiful! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2013:

Hi beingwell,

Flowers just seem to bring out the sunnier sides of people's personalities. The Tyler Rose Festival certainly seems to do that! Thanks for your comment. :)

beingwell from Bangkok on March 24, 2013:

Great hub, peggy! I love flower festivals. Everyone seem to be jollier around flowers.. Why is that? hmm..

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 15, 2013:

Hello Kathryn Stratford,

So happy to know that you enjoyed this article regarding the Texas Rose Festival. Thanks for your comment and nice to know that your viewing of the videos gave you more of a flavor of what occurs during this annual festival.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on February 15, 2013:

I have seen mention of this article, and I am finally viewing it. Very pretty! I like the videos you added, so we can see what it is really like at the festival. It sounds like so much fun!

Thanks for sharing this with us.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 10, 2013:

Hi pstraubie48,

That would be nice to be able to visit your sister at the same time that the Texas Rose Festival would be happening in Tyler, Texas. Does your sister live in that part of the state? As you know, Texas is a large state! Thanks for your comment. Hope things are going well for you and your family. Sending thoughts of angels back to you. :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 08, 2013:

My Momma used to grow the most amazing roses...full, beautiful, fragrant and so many breathtaking colors. This article made me long for those long ago days when our yard was over flowing with the beauties. I only have two bushes. I am currently growing several (about 8 more) from cuttings.

I would love to go this festival. My sister lives in Texas so maybe I can schedule a visit around the time of the festival.

Sending Angels your way :) ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 03, 2013:

Hi Rebecca,

Tyler is known for the growing and perfecting of many varieties of roses. The Texas Rose Festival brings many extra people to that town...but visiting it almost anytime of year when the roses are in full bloom is nice. Thanks for your comment.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 03, 2013:

Tyler sounds like one cool town. Growing roses is a great hobby and inspires great events and get togethers like this.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 03, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

If you don't live that far away from Tyler, I know that you would have a good time with all of the festivities that take place when the Texas Rose Festival is in action. Even at other times, when the roses are in full bloom, just visiting the gardens would be worth a visit. Thanks for the votes and especially the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 03, 2013:

Fantastic photos and videos. Can you believe I've never been to Tyler even though it isn't that far away? After reading this hub and seeing the pictures and hearing about the parade, etc., I'm putting it on my list.

Voting up, beautiful, awesome, and sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 23, 2013:

Hello DDE,

That rose at the top of this page is from our own garden, but the huge array of roses of all different types and colors is a feast for the eyes up in Tyler, Texas...especially during the Texas Rose Festival. Glad that you liked this hub. Thanks for your comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 23, 2013:

Such a beautiful rose and so well written thanks voted up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 20, 2013:

Hi Vinaya,

The rose is a beautiful flower and there are an abundance of them in Tyler, Texas particularly when the Texas Rose Festival is held there annually. You would really enjoy seeing it! Thanks for your visit and comment.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on January 20, 2013:

Peggy, rose is the flower I symbolize with beauty and perfection. I wish I could be there.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 08, 2012:

Hi Gail,

Most of my photos were old and somewhat faded of the time we visited the Texas Rose Festival in Tyler...so I have to admit...the close-up of the rose at the top was taken in our own garden. If we ever happen to go back to Tyler during the rose festival, I will be sure and take many more good digital photos. Thanks for the votes, share and the Hub hugs. Hugs back to you! :)

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on December 07, 2012:

Governor Rick Perry did a great job introducing the Texas Rose Festival in the first video, and you did a great job on this hub. Your close-up photo of the red rose is breathtaking!

I would love to see this festival in person one day!

Am voting this hub up across the board except for funny and sharing.

Hub Hugs,


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 05, 2012:

Hi Prasetio,

A "rose is a rose is a rose..." no matter where in the world it grows. It is the sheer abundance of different roses growing in Tyler, Texas that makes the Texas Rose Festival something out of the ordinary. Thanks for the votes!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 04, 2012:

Nice review, Peggy. I love flowers, especially rose. I hope I can see Texas Rose Festival one day. I love the video as well. Good job as usual. Voted up and pressing the buttons, except funny.


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 30, 2012:

Hi sweetie1,

It is good to hear about the large rose garden in Chandigarh. I think many people all around the world love roses...the different colors and fragrances. Thanks for your comment on this Texas Rose Festival located in Tyler, Texas.

sweetie1 from India on November 30, 2012:

Peggy beautiful pictures of roses. We too got rose garden in Chandigarh, which has countless variety of roses. Must see anyone who go to the beautiful city of Chandigarh.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2012:

Hi vespawoolf,

So happy to be able to introduce the Texas Rose Festival to you especially since you admire roses. I like the variegated ones also. Well...actually I like all of the different colors. It would be hard to choose only one color favorite although the ones that are peach toned would probably win. Thanks for your comment.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 29, 2012:

I'd love to see the rose festival and enjoy all the activities. We also had rose bushes on the property where I grew up, and I'm especially awed by the beauty of variegated varieties. It would be fun to see the parade, too. I hope to go someday...thanks Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 18, 2012:

Hi vox vocis,

Yes...we only spent a portion of one day at the Texas Rose Festival in Tyler, Texas but truly enjoyed ourselves. Obviously one could spend days there to take in all the activities as well as enjoying the abundance of blooming roses on display. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Jasmine on November 18, 2012:

I didn't know that Tyler, Texas holds the title of the The Rose Capital of the World. Spending some time there during the festival must be a memorable experience!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 13, 2012:

Hi sgbrown,

You will have to visit Tyler, Texas at the right time of year to see the Texas Rose Festival...but if you can't make it then, the gardens are open year round. In Texas the roses are at their best in the late Spring and Fall seasons. Fewer blooms during the heat of the Texas summers...but still blooms to be seen. Thanks for all of your votes. Hope you get to see the Texas Rose Festival someday!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 13, 2012:

Hi thumbi7,

That close up rose photo was actually taken in our backyard garden. Glad that you liked learning about the Texas Rose Festival held in Tyler, Texas. If I ever return during the rose festival, I will be sure and get many more photos. Thanks for your comment.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on November 13, 2012:

I would love visiting here! I love roses and would go crazy around so many! I need to start going back over your hubs and start a "map" so I can take a road trip and catch all your interesting places to visit. I love your hubs like this! Voting up, interesting, useful and beautiful! :)

JR Krishna from India on November 13, 2012:

That close up photo of rose is lovely.

The petals look soft and smooth

Thanks for sharing information about rose festival.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 04, 2012:

Hi moonlake,

So nice that your mother is able to keep that rose alive that originated from your uncle. What color was it? Was it one of those old fashioned roses with great fragrance? Since you like roses, I know that you would like visiting the Texas Rose Festival in Tyler. It is amazing. Thanks for your comment, vote and share.

moonlake from America on November 04, 2012:

I would love to see this. My Mom had the prettiest rose when we visited her in Arkansas two weeks ago. It was my uncles rose and he has been gone since 1989 but she keeps that rose going. She started it from stem. Enjoyed your hub voted up and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2012:

Hi Stacy,

You would LOVE attending the Texas Rose Festival since roses are your favorite flower. Thanks for your comment.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on November 01, 2012:

Roses are my favorite flower. Definitely sounds like a fun time! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 30, 2012:

Hi Brett,

I agree that the Texas Rose Festival would be a great photo event. The few pictures that I took were old and faded looking. Would love to go back to Tyler with my digital camera. The sights and aromas are amazing. It is a rose lover's delight! Thanks for your comment and the sharing.

Brett C from Asia on October 30, 2012:

Definitely a great event for photos ... would smell amazing too, so long as you weren't a hey-fever sufferer lol.

Shared, up, awesome, and tweeted.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 29, 2012:

Hi rajan jolly,

The aromas are amazing when that many rose bushes are in bloom as well as the cut arrangements used during the Texas Rose Festival in Tyler, Texas. Am certain that you would really enjoy the experience! Thanks for your votes and the share.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 28, 2012:

Beautiful info on Texas Rose festival, and the pictures from Tyler rose garden are lovely. Interesting activities to do and see during this festival. I am heady with all the awesome roses pictures just looking at them. The aroma on a live visit surely would be nothing short of intoxicating.

Voted up, beautiful and awesome, Peggy. Sharing it too.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 27, 2012:

Hi Eddy,

Nice that you have such nice memories related to rose bushes and your grandmother as well as the farm. I will forever remember how my grandfather loved his roses! Thanks for your comment on this hub about the Texas Rose Festival in Tyler. Enjoy your weekend also.

Eiddwen from Wales on October 27, 2012:

What a wonderful hub about these sweet blossoms.

When I was small my grandmother had a massive Rose bush right behind the house ;and the small has stayed with me to this day.

They also bring back so many wonderful memories of happy days on the farm.

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful hub.

Enjoy your weekend.


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 25, 2012:

Hi Cheryl,

Visiting the Tyler Rose Festival in the Fall season is a special treat. Hope you get to enjoy it in person someday. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 25, 2012:

Hi teaches,

Ah yes...the Yellow Rose of Texas is a great song. Nice to know of your mother's love of roses. Thanks for your comment on this Texas Rose Festival in Tyler. It is quite something to see in person!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 25, 2012:

Hi Alicia,

Am sure that old man winter is about to appear in your part of the world in earnest. We are about to have our first cold front which will drop temps in Houston to a high in the 60's tomorrow. Was in the upper 80's today...so this will be our first real taste of cooler temps and it is late October. Nice to know about your rhododendron festival. We saw beautiful ones in California. Thanks for your comment about the Tyler Rose Festival in Tyler, Texas.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on October 25, 2012:

A beautiful and interesting hub on the Texas Rose Festival. This is a great time to see the festival as mentioned in your hub the third weekend in October. I love the colors, different varieties and fragrance of each rose. Your photos, videos and information on The Texas Rose Festival is encouraging me to take a trip to see the beautiful Tyler roses. Another great and beautiful hub.

Dianna Mendez on October 25, 2012:

I didn't know Texas was known as the rose capital of the world. I love the song, "the yellow rose of Texas". My mother also loved roses, it's one flower that always brings a smile to my face. Thanks for sharing, very beautiful festival.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 25, 2012:

Your close-up rose photo is beautiful, Peggy. I love festivals based on flowers. Where I live there is a rhododendron festival in the spring which is somewhat like the Tyler Rose Festival, although we don't have a flower queen. The dresses of the Rose Queen and her attendants look lovely. It was very enjoyable to read your hub about roses and watch the videos, especially since winter isn't far away!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 25, 2012:

Hi Gene,

As close as you live to Tyler, Texas...have you guys ever attended the Texas Rose Festival? It would be a relatively short drive from Dallas compared to our drive up from Houston. It is well worth it! Thanks for your comment.

Gene Jasper on October 25, 2012:


Gene Jasper

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2012:

Hi Mary,

We were there in the daytime and the old photos that look like night were taken inside. Am sure I could get better shots today with my digital camera. With your love of gardening, am certain that you would enjoy visiting Tyler, Texas during the annual rose festival. Thanks for your comment, vote + share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2012:

Hi Mhatter99,

Haha! So keep giving your wife candy instead of flowers and just know that the Texas Rose Festival in Tyler Texas is there for you if and ever needed. Their tested and true roses are undoubtedly in your "neck of the woods." Thanks for your comment. :)

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 24, 2012:

I love the Rose, and I would be in heaven if I could walk around this garden. I'd like to see where they propagate the roses. It sounds perfectly beautiful, and it's even lit up at night?

Lots of good info here, Peggy, and an enjoyable Hub to read about my favorite flower.

I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will share.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on October 24, 2012:

I feel like I lived in a cave all my life. Thank you for showing me mercy by correcting my ignorance. I could blame my wife. She doesn't like non-candy flowers. "The Rose Capital"... Great hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2012:

Hi Billy,

The town of Tyler in Texas was named after our 10th President of the United States...John Tyler. There are universities in Tyler associated with the University of Texas as well as other schools...but it is probably the President's name that has a bell ringing for you, I am guessing. We have seen the rose garden in Portland. It is beautiful! We were not there for the festival however. Thanks for the first comment.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 24, 2012:

Why does Tyler, Texas ring a bell with me? Is there a university in that town? Did someone famous come from there? There is no reason for me to know that name unless something happened there that made the news. Hmmm....I hope you know so I don't think about it all day. :)

Thanks for the interesting hub; there is a rose festival in Portland, Oregon, about two hours from here, and it is quite the event.

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