American Rose Center executive director Jeff Ware stands at the entrance where downed trees are piled up following a tornado on May 16.
Credit Kate Archer Kent
The Gardens of the American Rose Center in Shreveport will reopen later this month. The center lost 37 trees and sustained roof damage to all its buildings when an EF-1 tornado struck on the afternoon of May 16.
The headquarters of the American Rose Society is humming these days with the sound of chainsaws from tree removal contractors taking down the mostly pine and mature oak trees. Executive director Jeff Ware said tornado warnings are common, but this one was different. The staff huddled in their administrative building away from windows.