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Volunteers Needed for Annual Rose Pruning Event

Mission Rose Garden Pruning Event hosted by Parks and Rec and Rose Society

The City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Department is calling all gardening enthusiasts for the Annual Mission Rose Garden Pruning Event on Saturday, January 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The scenic Mission Rose Garden — known as the A.C. Postel Memorial Rose Garden since 1984 — contains more than 1,500 rose bushes and is maintained throughout the year by Parks and Recreation staff and members of the Santa Barbara Rose Society.

“Without a thorough annual pruning, the rose bushes won't continue to have the healthy, vibrant blooms and foliage that provide such a spectacular vista for the historic Mission Santa Barbara," Parks manager Santos Escobar said. "Given the number of roses and the work involved pruning them, the volunteers who help maintain the Mission Rose Garden each year are truly performing a vital community service. We cannot thank them enough.”

Training and refreshments provided. Volunteers should bring a pair of garden gloves and pruning shears with them to the event. The garden is located just opposite the Santa Barbara Mission, on Plaza Rubio between Laguna Street and Emerson Avenue. Facebook event at

Please direct questions to Santos Escobar at the Parks Division by calling (805) 564-5464.
The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department proudly offers a wide range of parks, facilities, and programs designed to serve the needs of the community.

The Parks Division manages and maintains 360 acres of developed parkland and 1,183 acres of open space parkland. The Parks Division staff is responsible for providing safe and high quality parks, open space, three miles of beaches, playgrounds, sports fields, street medians, right-of-way landscaping, building landscaping, and restrooms. Parks Division forestry staff maintain and manage over 42,000 street trees, park trees, and city facility trees for the benefit of residents, ensuring a safe and healthy community forest.

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2018
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