The Lehigh Valley Rose Society, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational horticultural society and local chapter of the American Rose Society. Our program is focused on education, advocacy, and research about roses; related pests, and the diseases that impact their health.
The American Rose Society's mission statement is:
"...to promote and encourage amateur and professional rose horticulture; promote the rose as a symbol of beauty and friendship; encourage our members and the general public in growing the National Floral Emblem; and educate both our members and the community at large as to the care of roses."
Local chapters and affiliates of ARS take this mission to heart. As a gift to their community, members from many of these chapters/affiliates underwrite (through fundraising), design, plant, and maintain a (or multiple!) rose garden(s) in their area.
As our organization has grown, we've decided to do the same. Recently, we reached out to multiple municipalities in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. After discussing and meeting with Upper Saucon Township, we felt their new Hopewell Park was the perfect fit for a new rose garden in the Lehigh Valley.
We have designed a 0.17 acre rose garden for the site featuring 672 roses and 576 perennials & bulbs; fenced in with brick walkways, a gazebo, 4 arbors, and 15 benches. We are also designing a roughly 4,000 sq ft pollinator garden to surround the outer perimeter of the fence with the goal of getting the garden designated as a "Monarch Waystation."
The garden will be free to the public, and conveniently placed at the center of Hopewell Park near the parking lot, pavilion, and restrooms.
If this project excites you - please consider making a contribution:
Engraved 4” x 8” Brick
These bricks, with up to three lines of text - max 15 characters each line (spaces included), will be placed in the brick walkways throughout the rose garden.
Redwood benches placed prominently throughout the rose garden, offering a place to sit down and chat or take in the beautiful sights and scents of your surroundings. A lovely 2” x 5” black and silver raised plaque with up to three lines of text - max 26 characters each line (spaces included), will be attached to each bench.
Four arbors will be centered on each side of the garden; each 8 feet wide. Three will have a bench under them; one will be above the main entrance to the garden - all with climbing roses trained up their sides. A lovely 5” x 7” black and silver raised plaque with up to six lines of text - max 36 characters each line (spaces included) (logo possible), will be attached to each arbor.
Inner Garden Bed
In the center of the rose garden are 4 beds (currently designated B1 - B4); each featuring 72 roses and 28 annuals and perennials. A lovely 6” x 8” black and silver raised plaque on a 3’ stake with up to six lines of text - max 41 characters each line (spaces included) (logo possible), will be displayed in each bed.
Outer Garden Bed
Along the outer perimeter of the rose garden are 4 beds (currently designated A1 - A4); each featuring 96 roses and 116 bulbs and perennials. A lovely 6” x 8” black and silver raised plaque on a 3’ stake with up to six lines of text - max 41 characters each line (spaces included) (logo possible), will be displayed in each bed.
Perimeter Pollinator Garden
Surrounding the outside of the fence, a “Monarch Waystation” garden is planned, featuring over 4,000 square feet of native milkweeds and other pollinator-friendly native plantings. A lovely 8” x 10” black and silver raised plaque on a 3’ stake with up to eight lines of text - max 52 characters each line (spaces included) (logo possible), will be prominently displayed.
The garden will be fully fenced in with a 6’ tall black aluminum fence to keep out deer. The fence will have 80 clematis and 76 climbing roses trained to grow onto its frame and will truly be a statement piece of the garden. A lovely 5” x 10” black and silver raised plaque with up to six lines of text - max 52 characters each line (spaces included) (logo possible), will be prominently affixed to the entrance gate of the rose garden.
A 14’ octagonal gazebo w/ green metal roof, wired for electricity will be the center of the rose garden. Four walkways converge at the gazebo; four lovely 3” x 10” black and silver raised plaques with one line of text - max 52 characters (spaces included) will be displayed over each entrance to the gazebo.
Rose Garden Naming Rights
Name the overall garden after a loved one or a business. Be featured on Google Maps, the American Rose Society’s website and list of public rose gardens, the Lehigh Valley Rose Society’s website and social media, any signage referencing the rose garden, etc. Contact us for more details; signage can be discussed.
Please check out our Upper Saucon Rose Garden page for more details.
Be sure to check with your employer to see if they offer a donation matching program to double your dollars!
Donation receipts will be provided to the email address listed on your order.
You are also always able to mail in a contribution. Please make checks payable to:
Lehigh Valley Rose Society Inc
PO Box 1412
Bethlehem, PA 18016-1412
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