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Owen Rose Garden

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  1. Electrical outlets
  2. Looped path
  3. Off street bike / pedestrian path
  4. Parking lot
  5. Performance space
  6. Picnic tables
  7. Restrooms
  8. Shelter
  9. Viewpoint
  10. Water spigot
Archway and gazeboDescription
Nestled next to the Willamette River near the Washington/Jefferson Street bridge is the eight and a half-acre park known as Owen Rose Garden. In 1951, George E. Owen, a former Eugene city councilor and lumberman, donated five acres with his house to the city. It was the first parcel in a series that now forms the section of riverfront park stretching from the Ferry Street Bridge to the Greenway bike bridge near Valley River Center.

Shortly after Owen's donation of property, the Eugene Rose Society donated the original 750 rose bushes. This original collection has expanded into a panorama of more than 4,500 roses of over 400 varieties. Stewardship by many volunteers has continued, including the Delta Rotary, who from 1999 to 2004 spearheaded a major renovation of the garden.

The rose garden features the nationally recognized Oregon Heritage Cherry Tree, a webcam, a large open turf area, a public restroom, accessible gravel walkways with benches, a pergola-lined paved walkway, a 28-foot diameter gazebo, an arbor picnic area, a parking lot and maintenance facility, and an impressive collection of heritage and heirloom roses.

Have you ever wondered about how to manage roses? If you are interested in volunteering at the Owen Rose Garden, join us for our year-round Thursday work parties to help manage, beautify, and care for this diverse garden. Come get hands on experience in rose culture with guidance on pruning techniques, planting methods, fertilizer needs and general rose care. Email Clay Manders or contact her at 541-682-5025 for more information. 

Learn more about volunteering with Eugene Park Stewards, visiting a Friends group, or getting involved with upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Trees in bloomContacts
  • To reserve facilities at this location, contact Parks and Open Space
    Ph: 541-682-4800
  • Park planner: Landscape Architect Emily Proudfoot
    Ph: 541-682-4915
  • Eugene Park Stewards West Region Volunteer Coordinator: Lorna Baldwin
    Ph: 541-682-4845
  • Year-round Thursday work parties, contact Clay Manders at 541-682-5025


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Owen Rose Garden Map

Owen Rose Garden webcam