Experience the Fragrance and Beauty of 3,500 Blooming Roses at Hershey Gardens
Celebrate national rose month 2021 at Hershey Gardens
June is National Rose Month, and what better way to celebrate than to visit Hershey Gardens—and experience 3,500 blooming roses! As another way to honor National Rose Month, individuals whose name is Rose will receive free admission during June with presentation of ID. Rose can enjoy the roses—and so can everyone else! From pale yellows and pastel pinks, to vibrant reds and deep purples, the vast assortment of floribunda, grandiflora, shrub, climber and tea roses at Hershey Gardens is truly a sight to behold.
Roses, in fact, are the foundation of Hershey Gardens’ beginnings. It was in 1936 that Mr. Hershey requested “a nice garden of roses” be created for the community. By 1937, Hershey Rose Garden opened. What began as a 3 ½-acre rose garden expanded to 23 acres by 1944. To this day, the original 3 ½-acre rose garden, now called the Historic Rose Garden, has remained virtually identical since its opening in 1937.
The colors, the fragrance, the breathtaking backdrop that surrounds the Historic Rose Garden are just a few reasons to visit Hershey Gardens while the roses are blooming. And if the timing is right, guests will get to see one very special rose in bloom: the M.S. Hershey Rose.
The American Rose Society honored Mr. Hershey in 1940 with the M.S. Hershey Rose as a way to recognize the chocolate magnate for his love of horticulture. Visitors to Hershey Gardens can enjoy the M.S. Hershey rose in a special part of the garden called the M.S. Hershey Tribute Garden, which showcases 75 M.S. Hershey rose bushes and a special seating area, colorful plants and shrubs.
Roses aren’t the only attraction at Hershey Gardens. In addition to our other theme gardens, be sure to visit the indoor tropical Butterfly Atrium while you’re there, where you’ll experience hundreds of colorful butterflies from around the world. Hershey Gardens is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer. For tickets and additional information, please visit HersheyGardens.org.