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Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden

One of the most frequently visited gardens and a popular location for wedding ceremonies in the Park, the stunning Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden displays approximately 1,600 roses of more than 130 varieties on a three-acre site full of fragrance, color, and beauty. The garden is in bloom from March through December, with the roses usually at their peak in April and May. New varieties are introduced each year in order to display some of the latest plants available in the commercial market. In addition to enjoying the beauty of the garden, it is a great place to evaluate roses for planting in private gardens. The Balboa Park Rose Garden Corps, a group of about 45 volunteers, helps to maintain the garden. If you visit the garden on a Tuesday or Thursday morning, you may see them at work.

This garden is recognized as outstanding by several renowned organizations: Named an Outstanding Rose Garden in the U.S.A. by All-America Rose Selections in 1978; Received an Award of Excellence in 2003 from the World Federation of Rose Societies; and in 2014 was named to the Great Rosarians of the World Hall of Fame.

Located across from the San Diego Natural History Museum, it is accessible by the Park Blvd. pedestrian bridge. 

Volunteers Needed for Balboa Park Rose Garden

The Inez Grant Parker Rose Garden on Park Blvd. in Balboa Park is accepting volunteers, novice or experienced, to join the Rose Garden Corps. Volunteers care in the garden trimming off dead blooms, weeding, raking, fertilizing, pruning and planting new varieties. Volunteer days are Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings, preferably weekly, for 2-3 hours. A monthly meeting in the Rose Garden the third Tuesday of each month at 9:15 a.m. is used to share information and direct needed work. Volunteers learn about roses, and also act as good will ambassadors to the many tourists who frequent our beautiful garden.

Rose Garden Corps volunteers receive excellent rose care training from experienced volunteers. This is a great chance to learn more about roses and contribute to a rose garden ranked one of the best in the world.  Interested in volunteering?  Contact Mary Rose,

Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden
2525 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

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