Lake Park Rohrer Rose Garden



Between Main Street and Franklin Street


Run by

Municipality of Winona

Date Established

Date Established


No admission fee

Peak Season


Peak season (notes)

Mid-June through August



Garden Type

Rose Garden


  • Free parking in park
  • Weddings can be scheduled in the garden 
  • Picnicking
  • Restrooms
  • Accessible
  • Hiking/Biking – 5.5 miles of pathway around Lake Winona


In 1957, Dr. C.A. “Clay” Rohrer, with the assistance of the Winona Rose Society, persuaded the city to establish a rose garden. Fifty bushes were installed that first year. Through time, with donations and memorials, the numbers of roses grew. By 1971, there were over 1,000. In 1975, the garden took on the name of the local dentist that had spearheaded its inception. Today it still has over 200 roses of about 35 varieties. They are massed by color in raised planter beds around a gazebo. There is no plant signage to help identify varieties. The park is sited on the edge of Lake Winona with picturesque Sugar Loaf in the background. There are a few other perennial beds in the park.

Also within the park is a nearby section of shoreline of Lake Winona which is a shoreline habitat restoration project of the DNR. Here an attractive buffer zone of native plants has been installed providing habitat for wildlife. There is explanatory and educational signage at the site.

Garden photos
grass and lake view
raised beds and grass
raised beds, benches and grass with the lake in the background