The Dean Bond Rose Garden holds over 300 roses, displaying over 170 different types. It was established to memorialize Elizabeth Powell Bond, the Dean of Women at Swarthmore College from 1890 to 1906. It has become a tradition for graduating seniors of Swarthmore College to have roses pinned on their gowns for commencement. The garden is maintained organically and features companion plants as well as the best roses for your garden. The perimeter of the collection is planted with climbing roses and our clematis collection.
Originally created in 1956, the garden and the Rose Garden Endowment Fund, which provides for its maintenance, were gifts from Robert Pyle, Class of 1897 (Swarthmore College).