Many towns and cities have public gardens, and its something I have been asked by tourists passing through the town. We do of course have the Hall Arboretum, but in terms of flowers there is not a dedicated garden space.
Sites like the Thames Museum have well kept gardens on the reserve in front of the museum building. There are plots of gardens along Queen Street that the TCDC maintain, but you couldn't honestly say we have a public garden - most of our reserves are bare apart from pohutakawa trees.
But, all is not lost! For the fans of roses, I suggest you head to Totara Memorial Park Cemetery and venture down to the Garden of Memories (adjacent to the RSA lawn cemetery). Here at present, you will discover a spectacular display of roses.
In 1872 Thames folk were able to buy rose bushes from Sydney. 150 varieties of rosses were up for auction at Messrs Gudgeon & Co.
An auction appears to have been the popular way to buy roses and other trees. In 1874 auctioneer Mr Craig also had rose bushes for sale.