Raleigh Rose Garden


Raleigh Rose Garden Stormwater Improvements

Providing water quality benefits

The Rose Garden location is topographically located within a depression and subject to stormwater flooding and wet soils. Water issues affect the usability of the site and the health of the roses and other garden plants. 

To mitigate these concerns, a planted bioretention area was constructed in Summer 2020 to redirect and absorb stormwater runoff while providing water quality benefits. The planted bioretention area was designed to fit into the existing landscape and not deter from the beauty of the rose beds. Plants within the bioretention area will be a mix of native, ornamental grasses and pollinator-friendly flowering perennials and low shrubs. Planting for the bioretention area is scheduled for Fall 2020 by Parks horticultural staff.

Construction also included re-configuration and expansion to the existing stormwater infrastructure of drainage pipes and inlets. As the construction avoided impacts to existing garden features such as the fountain, arbor, and trees, several rose beds were temporarily removed in advance of construction. Roses are currently stored in an off-site area and maintained by Parks horticultural staff. Re-establishment of the rose beds will occur in Spring 2021.  

Funding for this project is jointly provided by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department and the Stormwater Management Division, Stormwater Quality Improvement Section.

Project Details

SEPI Engineering and Construction, Inc.



Gary Claiborne

Phone: 919-996-2677

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Participating Department:
Engineering Services
Service Unit:


This phase is complete.


This phase is complete.


Stormwater improvements construction commenced in April 2020 and continued into late Summer 2020. While the Rose Garden is now fully open to the public, the City of Raleigh requests that the public please stay out of the bioretention area until this area is fully planted and established.  



Phase details coming soon.


Constructed in the late 1940s, the Raleigh Rose Garden is a historic and unique space in the Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department. The garden has more than 60 types of roses and a wealth of perennial and woody specimen plantings. The Rose Garden is open to the public and hosts weddings and special events. 


Date Activity
Fall 2018 - Summer 2019 Design and Permitting
Fall 2019 Bidding
Spring - Summer 2020 Construction
Fall 2020 Bio-retention Area Planting
Spring 2021 Rose Bed Establishment and Planting

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