Tyler , TX (KETK) — The sun is shining, Spring is here and the roses are starting to bloom.
It can only mean one thing, rose season in Tyler has officially started.
Sunday , the city of Tyler officially kicked off the beginning of the rose season at the famous rose garden.
It is the biggest garden in the southwest sitting on 14 acres with over 38,000 rose bushes and 500 different varieties.
"The garden has evolved over the years, and to what it is today from just a few bushes to literally thousands of rose bushes it is the pride of our community, " said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass.
Years ago, Tyler and its surrounding areas was a very large peach growing business.
A disease killed the trees and their cash crop completely died off.
Farmers went to the Texas A&M Agriculture Division to ask what to do.
The division said to start growing rose bushes.
"We are very proud to have Tyler be our symbol, to be our brand because we think everything is rosy in Tyler, Texas," said Bass.
Not only does rose season bring in close to 2 million dollars, Mayor Bass says it also is a beautiful symbol for the city.
"It's certainly a sign of God's creation and how he can take something that's just very simple and plain and nothing of beauty and make it into something that's absolutely gorgeous that we can enjoy."
People from all over the world come to Tyler to enjoy the beauty of the roses blooming now until the festival in October.
"I love the gardens. They are gorgeous. I love roses," said visitor from Georgia Joann Cutshall.
"If you haven't been here it's a wonderful place to come," said visitors from Azle Tommy and Janie Lathan.