This May 13 pruning event at McKinley Park Rose Garden will be a cut above

The City’s Department of Youth, Parks & Community Enrichment (YPCE) invites volunteers to join staff at a pruning event held in the McKinley Park Rose Garden (3255 H St).

The event — which runs 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 13 — is open to everyone. Those under 18 must have a parent or guardian’s signature to participate. All attendees are required to wear close-toed shoes.

“There’s no experience needed to come out and learn more about the rose garden and participate in maintaining its beauty for all to enjoy,” said Shawn Aylesworth, the City’s park maintenance manager.

Participants will be led by experienced volunteers who will share how to prune and deadhead the rose blooms. Tools, water and a light lunch will be provided.

The rose garden is officially named in honor of Frederick N. Evans, the City’s first Parks Superintendent. In 1929, Evans began work to improve the area with the desire to create a beautiful showpiece within the park.

It was Evans‘ desire that the garden be used for educational purposes, a place where City residents could come to learn how to care for their own roses and plants at home. In December 1946, the garden was permanently named in Evans’ honor.

YPCE reassumed operations of facilities at McKinley Park, including the Rose Garden, in December 2022.

Those interested in larger volunteer opportunities are encouraged to email

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