A Destination Garden That Will Change Your Life

Destination Gardens are such uniquely beautiful places that they are worth traveling long distances just to experience them. One of the most beautiful Destination Gardens in Texas is waiting for you just 5-1/2 miles north of Boerne, off FM-1376. The unique Texas Hill Country setting of the Peaceful Habitations Rose Gardens combines rugged limestone hills and ancient oaks with the delicate beauty and intoxicating fragrance of blooming treasures from the past.

Here you will find more than 1,400 specimens of Low Maintenance, Antique, Old Garden and EarthKind™ Roses representing over 650 varieties. New varieties of roses are being added constantly.

The Peaceful Habitations Rose Gardens began in 1995 when an abandoned field was transformed into eight acres of gardens filled with blooms and fragrance. The field was enclosed with deer-proof fencing to permit a small orchard to be planted with plum, pear, apple, nectarine, and peach trees. A few climbing roses were planted along the deer-proof fence, and they are still flourishing today.

The dramatic transformation began in 1995 when several hundred "Antique" and "Low Maintenance" roses were planted in an informal garden. The results were so dramatic that the first garden was soon followed by a second garden area in the fall of 1998. Now "Antique", "Low-Maintenance", and EarthKind™ Roses fill approximately 8 acres at the Peaceful Habitations Rose Gardens.

Flowers in great profusion are a nearly year-round attraction at this Destination Garden. From early spring until late fall, a succession of garden flowers and wildflowers fill the Peaceful Habitations Rose Gardens with constantly changing colors and textures.

The Peaceful Habitations Rose Gardens specializes in Low Maintenance, Antique, Old Garden and EarthKind™ Roses that are well adapted to the Texas climate and soils. These roses bloom and thrive in less than ideal conditions. We never spray the roses in our gardens, and we fertilize only occasionally. Yet these treasures from the past fill our gardens with flowers and fragrance. If you want to enjoy your roses with minimal effort, we invite you to try our Low Maintenance, Antique, Old Garden and EarthKind™ Roses.

The many pathways, benches, swings, and arbors invite you to stroll through the gardens, sit in the shade, relax, and enjoy the beauty and peaceful setting. So take time to "smell the roses", but be forewarned - The "Antique Rose Syndrome" is highly contagious and completely incurable, and the Peaceful Habitations is a Destination Garden that can change your life.

Although deer are the largest and most abundant of the wildlife species, there are many other animals that enjoy the Peaceful Habitations. Black bellied whistling ducks visit in the spring. Hundreds of butterflies and hummingbirds fill the air, along with many kinds of song birds. There are also jack rabbits, opossums, armadillos, raccoons, ring tails, a cotton-tailed rabbit we named "Ay Carrumba!", and our resident goose, who pretty much runs the place.

For the most part, the deer are the native Hill Country white tail variety, but the magnificent axis deer are seen from time to time, and on occasions we have seen Indian Black Buck antelope that have escaped from neighboring exotic game ranches. In 1967, the wildlife population was estimated by the State of Texas to be one deer for every two acres of land, and while the number of deer varies from year to year, there are literally hundreds of these beautiful animals living on the at the Peaceful Habitations.

So take time to "smell the roses",

but be forewarned -

The "Antique Rose Syndrome" is highly contagious and completely incurable, and the Peaceful Habitations is a Destination Garden that can change your life!

Last updated 02/13/2004