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Raleigh Rose Garden Stormwater Improvements

Last updated Sep. 05, 2019 - 11:37 am
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Park
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
  • Stormwater Management, Stormwater Quality Improvement Section
  • SEPI Engineering and Construction, Inc.

Current Activity

This project is currently in the design phase. The design is anticipated to be complete in late Summer 2019 with construction to start in late Fall 2019. Construction is planned to continue into early Spring 2020.

Summary

The Rose Garden location is topographically located within a depression and is 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 is being designed to redirect and absorb stormwater runoff while providing water quality benefits. The existing stormwater infrastructure of drainage pipes and inlets is also being re-configured and expanded while avoiding impacts to existing garden features such as the fountain, arbor, and trees. The new planted bioretention area is designed to fit into the existing landscape and not deter from the beauty of the rose beds. Plants within the stormwater feature will be a mix of native, ornamental grasses and pollinator-friendly flowering perennials and low shrubs.

Some of the underground stormwater infrastructure improvements will be within the area of the rose beds. In advance of the construction, several of the existing rose beds will need to be removed to avoid damage to the roses. Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources gardening and horticulture staff will be removing the roses in November 2019 under the professional oversight of Witherspoon Rose Culture. Roses will be stored over the winter in an off-site protected area and re-installed into new and improved beds in Spring 2020, immediately after site construction is complete. The beds will be in the same configuration as the existing, historic garden layout.

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

Schedule

Project schedule with dates and descriptions
DateDescription
Fall 2018 - Summer 2019Design
Early Fall 2019Bidding
Late Fall 2019Construction

History

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.

Dating back to the late 1940’s, the Raleigh Rose Garden is a historic and unique space in the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department (PRCR). The garden has over 60 types of roses, as well a wealth of perennial and woody specimen plantDating back to the late 1940’s, the Raleigh Rose Garden is a historic and unique space in the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department (PRCR). The garden has over 60 types of roses, as well a wealth of perennial and woody specimen plantings.

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