The Dayna & Ronnie Sawyer Memorial Prayer Garden was dedicated in 2003 to the memory of the Sawyer’s family, and other families, who battled the common enemy of cancer.
The original site of the garden was the Sawyer home in east Shreveport. After fire and industrial development led to the decision to move, the Sawyer’s transplanted the garden in its entirety to the American Rose Center. This garden is meant to be a place of quiet solitude and reflection.
Plantings to note in this garden include a beautiful white “Fortuniana” rose that climbs a tall pine tree on the right along the winding path to the main garden. To the left, you will see the violet colored blooms of the ‘Veilchenblau’, a hybrid multiflora rose. You will also note a collection of Crepe Myrtle trees along the perimeter of the pond and Sweet Olive trees throughout this garden.
Among the many beautiful roses found in this garden, please note the light pink ‘LaFrance’ hybrid tea rose of 1867, which is the first of its class, as well as the first of what are known as the modern roses.
Proceed back to the carillon and follow the pathway west to continue the tour.