American Rose Center

American Rose Center

The Gardens of the American Rose Center in Shreveport is relaxing its policy on professional photography in its gardens. It announced Monday it’s repealing its $50 photography fee and $100 deposit that professional photographers had to pay, according to American Rose Society executive director Laura Seabaugh. 

The American Rose Society will be honored Tuesday at the Louisiana State Capitol.

Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport) drafted a resolution designating Tuesday, April 28, as American Rose Society Day in celebration of the national organization’s 40th year of being headquartered in Shreveport, according to executive director Jeff Ware.

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.