Planted in 1946 to honor local service members killed in World War II, the Memorial Rose Garden has been a Missoula institution for 73 years. Parks and Recreation and the Missoula Rose Society invite residents to volunteer in the Garden on April 27 and May 18. Memorial Rose Garden Park is located at 800 Brooks St.
The April 27 and May 18 volunteer workdays are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and are open to ages 8 and up. Working with experts from the Rose Society, volunteers will be mulching, weeding, planting and pruning roses. Volunteers may stay for the entire event, or drop by to help for a shorter period. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided.
The all-volunteer Missoula Rose Society was established in 1944 and since then has planted and maintained the Memorial Rose Garden, which is part of the City’s WWII memorial. The Garden’s obelisk memorial lists the names of local casualties of the war.
Today, the Garden’s 41 beds are home to over 600 rose plants of all varieties. Through a long-term partnership, the Missoula Rose Society provides for the planting and care of the roses, and Parks and Recreation maintains the park. Volunteers are needed in the fall, spring and summer to prepare the Garden for the season ahead.
Parks and Recreation director Donna Gaukler says the hard work and commitment of the Missoula Rose Society has kept the Garden flourishing for the last 73 years. “Without the experienced and talented Rose Society members providing leadership, the Memorial Rose Garden would not succeed,” Gaukler says. “I hope folks will consider volunteering a few hours this weekend or year-round. It is an easy way to show support for an important community resource, learn more about roses and the memorials, and share community pride.”
Parks and Recreation plans to host additional volunteer workdays at the Rose Garden this fall. To register for the April or May events, donate to the Memorial Rose Gardens, or join the Rose Society, visit the link below.