The Inez Parker Memorial Rose Garden was planned to be of modest size capable of being staffed by one full-time gardener. This garden was carefully planned to be a model municipal rose garden which would stand the test of time in good as well as hard times of municipal and park department funding. It was placed in the most prominent part of Balboa Park for the purpose of the maximum enjoyment by the public and exposure to critical review so that it could not be ignored if it were not well tended.
The garden is unique in America because the first bloom occurs about April 10 and the garden is rarely out of fine colour through the end of November. The garden is a popular wedding location, television site and teaching tool for rose horticulture.