TOMBSTONE, AZ is not just for gunfights it has roses too! What a thrill to see & touch the WORLD’S LARGEST ROSE BUSH. It is a white Lady Banksia rose bush. Search the Guinness Book of World Records and you will see it.
The story starts with a young bride, Mary Gee from Scotland who came to Tombstone in 1885 with her husband Henry. Because she was so homesick, her family sent cuttings of the White Lady Banksia Rose from their Scotland rose garden.
It kept growing and 127 years later, the cuttings that grew into a rose bush have grown into a 10-foot-tall rose tree that covers over 8,000 square feet and fills one square block.
The Rosebush has a massive, gnarled trunk and looks more like that of an oak tree. Beams support the high branches on this trellised roof of small white roses that grow in clusters. The Tombstone townsfolk stated the rose garden blooms in April and the fragrance smells amazing!
Catch the Biggest Rose Garden in bloom during the month of April, that is also a good time to stay in Tombstone, Az before it gets too hot.
Be sure to take the trolley tour when you visit Tombstone, AZ – we learned so many facts that we didn’t know and that is how we came across this Majestic Rose Bush.
Rose Tree Museum in Tombstone, AZ – tells the history of the “rose bush too tough to die.” World’s Largest Rose Bush – many couples have exchanged their vows under it.
My personal feeling was “awwww stricken”. Without sounding too emotional, I was honored to be standing next to it.