Garden Partners

Mesa-East Valley Rose Society

Aerial view of the gardenThe Mesa East Valley Rose Society (MEVRS) members are fun, generous people from all walks of life who share a love for roses. Its members have all levels of experience with roses, many of whom are Consulting Rosarians. Formed in 1953, the organization has grown to 220 members. As an affiliate of the American Rose Society, the organization assists and encourages the cultivation of roses here in Arizona.

In 1996 the Mesa East Valley Rose Society joined with Mesa Community College to become partners in establishing the Rose Garden at MCC. The society's continued involvement and support for the Garden, both hands-on and through its superior knowledge of roses, has been a significant catalyst in the development of the Garden into what it is today.

The Society hosts an Annual Rose Show at MCC, usually just before Thanksgiving. See the events calednar in the main menu for the exact date.

MEVRS has an extensive web site, including numerous articles on roses. Visit the MEVRS web site.

MEVRS meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m in the Community Room (145) of the Paul Elsner Library at Mesa Community College - Southern and Dobson Campus, 1833 W. Southern Avenue. New member orientation is at 6:30 p.m.

MCC campus map

Elsner Library floor plan


Rose beds and flags in the rose gardenThe Rose Garden Deadheaders are a team of volunteers who help keep the rose bushes looking their best throughout the year. This essential team of people come on their own time to "deadhead" the bushes, removing the spent blooms.

Each volunteer can be assigned a small part of the garden to be responsible for if they wish. The volunteers then choose the best time in their schedule to visit the garden and "deadhead". Others come and work as needed, sometimes helping place fertilizer or mulch in the beds.

All enjoy the fellowship of working together in the Garden. "We come to The Rose Garden at MCC to care for the roses, and in so doing, come to care for each other". Many are winter visitors and join us only in those months. Many of our Deadheaders come every month to our 3rd Saturday-of-the-month meeting in the Garden.

Volunteer Deadheaders can expect the following:
1. Participate in meaningful work that benefits one's self and the Garden.
2. Receive accurate, valuable training and information on rose care.
3. Receive the benefit of up-to-date information and support from the
Deadheaders support web site.
4. Recognized both formally and informally for volunteer work contribution.
5. Made aware of all information that directly affects one's work and area of
6. Enhance skills through continuing education.
7. Earn more responsible assignments within the Garden Volunteer Program.
8. Meet others with similar interests and develop new friendships.
9. Experience the joy that comes from sharing with Garden visitors, and helping
them to appreciate the beauty of our Garden and our national flower.

Come visit us at one of our 3rd Saturday meetings. We meet on the East patio, just East of the road "MCC Rose Garden - Entrance", off of Southern Avenue. Our morning starts at 8:00 am with a short meeting with donuts and coffee/water. The we move into the rose beds to work.

For more information, or if you would like to help us as a Deadheader, contact Mike Cryer at 480-897-1267, or email: