In a recent issue of Wilson Woman magazine, the article about the Wilson Rose Garden was very interesting. However, I have something I would like to add.
First of all, the idea for the rose garden came from the Wilson Appearance Commission, not the city council. John Bayless was the chairman and Kent Montgomery was the city staff person at that time. Rufus Swain was asked to join the commission because of his extensive knowledge of roses.
Also, the rose garden was not moved from the library. That rose garden is still there.
Editor’s Note: Background information for the story in Wilson Woman’s summer 2017 edition was reported from a historical document provided to The Wilson Times. The writer’s corrections to that document have been shared with city of Wilson staff.