Approximately 300 volunteers are needed for a large-scale city-wide event Saturday, Jan. 14 to revitalize and prune the Rose Garden at Mesa Community College. It is the largest public rose garden in the desert Southwest and the only significant public rose garden begun since 1974. Winter pruning will stimulate new growth and promote a spring burst of rose buds.
“The Rose Garden is such an iconic part of not only Mesa Community College (MCC), but the Fiesta District as well. This is a wonderful opportunity for our residents to take an active role in maintaining such a beautiful part of our city,” Mesa Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh said.
Volunteers must be 14 or older. They must wear closed-toed shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt and are encouraged to bring their own gloves and pruners, if available. Volunteer check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the event happening from 9 to 11 a.m. Also, 200 rose bushes will be raffled for participating volunteers to take home at the conclusion of the pruning.
The Rose Garden at MCC, 1833 W. Southern Ave., was established in 1997 in a partnership between MCC and the Mesa-East Valley Rose Society. It was built in phases and currently has nearly 9,000 roses of more than 300 varieties.