Since 2007, El Paso Master Gardeners have volunteered at the El Paso Municipal Rose Garden as part of an agreement between the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the City of El Paso. On display at the four-acre garden are more than 1600 rose bushes of more than 300 different rose varieties. Volunteers do pruning, deadheading, weeding, rose inventories and other tasks to keep the garden looking beautiful. The volunteers provide rose care and other information to garden visitors and conduct group tours during peak bloom times. They also assist the El Paso Rose Society with the annual public pruning demonstration every February and with other special events such as the annual Rose Show.
The Master Gardener Rose Garden Committee coordinates the volunteer activities with the Extension Horticultural Agent, the Rose Society and the City. Master Gardener volunteers provide thousands of hours of rose care in the garden each year and many hours of public education as well.
The El Paso Municipal Rose Garden is one of more than 130 public gardens accredited by All-America Rose Selections (AARS) to show AARS award – winning roses. It is located at 1702 N. Copia and is open to the public daily from March 1 through October 30, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm.