Support the Garden

Volunteer with the MCC Rose Garden

Volunteer pruning rosesThe Garden exists largely because of the many community volunteers that care for it on a regular and seasonal basis. We have a team of several hundred people that volunteer as Deadheaders, Pruners, and work in related support capacities. Deadheaders remove the spent roses, thereby promoting new growth and cleaning up the rose bushes. Pruners cut back the canes during the colder months to promote major growth for the holiday and spring seasons. Some related support areas include Equipment Manager, Garden Curator & assistant, Registrar, Webmaster, Telephone Manager, Refreshment Coordinator, Garden Photographer, Garden Tour Leader, and Volunteer Coordinator. The Pruners only join us during the October - September, and January - February pruning months. This is a big effort, especially in January - February. To sign up to volunteer please visit

All enjoy the fellowship of working together in the Garden, caring for the Garden, and therefore caring 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. Both the Deadheaders and Pruners are a critical asset to the continued existence and beauth of the Garden.

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. Then we move into the rose beds to work.

For more information, or if you would like to help us in one of these areas, contact Mike Cryer at 480-897-1267, or email


The 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.

Learn more about the Deadheaders team and how to get involved at the Deadheaders website.

Donate to the MCC Rose Garden

Statues in the rose gardenKeeping the garden growing...

One of the best ways to help grow and maintain The Rose Garden at Mesa Community College is to be a contributor. Your financial support will serve as a tribute to the Rose as the National Floral Emblem of the U.S. and will honor it as an international symbol of love, friendship, beauty and peace.

As a friend of the Rose Garden, you will gain the satisfaction of supporting a vital community asset, which is recognized as a place of calm, beauty, learning, and a venue that supports many educational and community outreach activities. The Garden depends solely on the support of individuals and organizations. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

You can keep the garden growing by contributing in one of the following ways:

Donate online at

Mail a check made payable to:
The Maricopa Colleges Foundation
Attn: The Rose Garden at MCC
1833 W. Southern Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85202

Make a planned gift:
Planned gifts can be made through annuities, bequests, trusts, wills, life insurance policies, or other similar financial instruments. For assistance in making a planned gift, please call: (480) 461-7200.

Make a lasting gift...

Benches in the MCC Rose GardenExamples of benches in the MCC Rose Garden You can contribute towards, or become a sponsor of one of the several benches placed throughout The Garden. They are very ornate, provide a wonderful accent to The Garden, and will offer a delightful resting place for individuals visiting The Garden. An individual, group, or company, can contribute towards or sponsor a bench. If you are sponsoring a bench, a permanent bronze plaque will be attached to the bench with your name or that of a person you may wish to honor, inscribed on it.

The cost of each bench is $5,000. This covers the cost of manufacturing, installation, and lifetime maintenance.

If you wish to contribute towards or sponsor a Garden Bench, please call 480-461-7022.