Myrtle Townes Tayloe, 88, who belonged to a number of Northern Virginia garden clubs and grew prize-winning roses, died Wednesday at her home in Alexandria.

Mrs. Tayloe lived in Vienna, Va., from 1924 to 1968. During this time she became known for her extensive rose gardens. Her roses won her the Harris Cup, the highest award given by the Garden Club of Virginia, and the Nicholson Perpetual Challenge Bowl, which was the highest award given by the American Rose Society.

From 1948 to 1968 she was an accredited national judge for the American Rose Society and judged rose competitions in most states along the Atlantic seaboard.

She was a charter member of the Garden Club of Fairfax, served for a time as vice president of the Potomac Rose Society, and belonged to the American Rose Society.

The rose garden in the Community Center of Vienna was dedicated to Mrs. Tayloe in 1965.

Mrs. Tayloe was a native of Charlotte County, Va. After graduation from Farmville State Teachers College she taught at Mary Washington College for 12 years before moving to Vienna in 1923.

She was the widow of Dr. Lomax P. Tayloe, a Vienna physician, who died in the 1930s.

Mrs. Tayloa served as chairman of production for the American Red Cross Volunteers of Fairfax County from 1931 to 1968.

She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna.

There are no immediate survivors.