Lawrence Lloyd Elder (1896-1964) was a valued employeeof the City of Lynchburg for over 34 years. His specialdomain was gardening and his responsibility the greenhousesin Miller Park where the city's flowers were raised for use inthe parks. Later he was assigned the care of nearby municipalproperties, including Monument Terrace, the Court House,the Post Office and the roses in the Confederate Cemetery.
In the adjoining remote area he also tended his personalgarden of roses, which brought much pleasure to the manycity employees in the area.
In 1986, twenty—two years after Mr. Elder's death, the BlueRide Rose Society, in cooperation with the City of Lynchburg,undertook the revitalization of the garden as a BicentennialProject. The Garden now serves as a depository of old Lynchburg,Roses, all of which are known to have been grown and lovedby the people of Lynchburg during its 200 year history.