The Mesa Community College Rose Garden serves as a focal point for community, education, and creative economic projects in the East Valley. The Rose Garden serves as a botanical laboratory and research area for students from kindergarten to high school, as well as community college and university students.
The Rose Garden was established in 1997 in partnership between Mesa Community College and the Mesa-East Valley Rose Society. They collaborated to create the largest public rose garden in the desert southwest, and it is the only significant public rose garden that has been developed since 1974. Through the efforts of countless volunteers and generous contributors, the garden has become a landmark that celebrates roses as the National Floral emblem of the United States, a symbol of “Love, Friendship, Beauty and Peace”.
The garden is maintained by the “Deadheaders” and “Pruners”, all volunteers from the community, as well as volunteers of the Mesa-East Valley Rose Society. The place is an excellent example of the unique and impressive outcomes that can be obtained by one of the college’s community collaborations. The garden provides a beautiful setting for students and the public to enjoy our nation’s national flower – The Rose.
The nearly 9,000 rose bushes in The Rose Garden at MCC show the vast array of vivid colors, flower styles, and growth patterns available to all to enjoy from roses, whether at The Rose Garden at MCC or as inspiration for their own gardens. You don’t need to pay to stroll through this idyllic space because admission is free.
The best time of year to see all of the beautiful flowers in the region is in the spring, and roses are no exception. Between mid-March and late May or early June, the buds burst into blooms. It’s the best time of year to see the flowers in bloom. This is your chance to discover this petal paradise and see how it really bursts with color and the one-of-a-kind rose scent. It’s a fantastic place to unwind and de-stress at the end of a long week, or simply to spend some time in nature. Roses come in a rainbow of colors and hues, and walking around will reveal the true diversity of our country’s flower!
The garden is almost entirely supported by donations and volunteers, which is one of the reasons why it is free to visit for visitors.
Mesa, Arizona is blessed to be the home of so many amazing landmarks. Here’s a short list of our favorites:
- Mesa Arts Center
- Schnepf Farms
- i.d.e.a. Museum
- Vertuccio Farms
- Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
- Queen Creek Olive Mill
- Mesa Amphitheatre
- Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre
All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location at 1630 South Stapley Drive, Suite 212 in Mesa, Arizona! Stop by for a visit anytime!
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