Volunteers Needed for Annual Rose Pruning

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department is calling all gardening enthusiasts for the Annual Mission Rose Garden Pruning event this Saturday, January 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The scenic Mission Rose Garden—known as the A. C. Postel Memorial Rose Garden since 1984—contains over 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.

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," said Parks Manager Santos Escobar.

Training and refreshments provided. Volunteers just need to 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.

No RSVP is necessary, but volunteers may join the Facebook event at for updates and news. Please direct questions to Santos Escobar at the Parks Division by calling 805-564-5464.

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