Kansas City’s Municipal Rose Garden is the realization of a dream that began in 1931 by a group of women lead by Laura Conyers Smith. They established the Kansas City Rose Society which created the public rose garden in Loose Park. The first garden contained 120 rose plants. Now there are about 4,000 roses of about 55 varieties in the 1.5 acre garden.The garden has been maintained through a partnership of the Rose Society and the KC Parks and Recreation Department. The Society furnishes all the rose plants and signs and the Parks Department personnel provide the ongoing care with the help of Volunteer Garden Groomers from the Society. The KCRS has also raised and spent more than $1.3 million on a new fountain and other structural improvements in the garden since 2001.The circular plan of the garden was the concept of eminent landscape architect, S. Herbert Hare. The garden’s pergolas, gifts from individuals and organizations in the early years, bear commemorative plaques.In 1965, the garden was officially named the Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden. In 1989, the garden received a national honor bestowed by the American Rose Society. The All America Rose Selection’s Bronze Achievement Award is the highest given by the ARS. A new fountain and walks were completed in 2002–the Year of the Rose.