Reporting for rose duty: Balboa Park's Rose Garden Corps keeps flowers in bloom year-round

SAN DIEGO -- The lush Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden in Balboa Park is known for its award-winning roses. Behind every beautiful bloom, there is a dedicated volunteer rosarian cultivating, trimming and pruning, week in and week out.

The vibrant garden, located on Park Boulevard near the San Diego Natural History Museum, is maintained year-round by a group of dedicated volunteers known as the “Rose Garden Corps.”

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  • Reporting for rose duty: Balboa Park's Rose Garden Corps keeps flowers in bloom year-round

At the helm of the Balboa bloom brigade is Dick Streeper, master rosarian and founder of the memorial garden. Streeper said he started the volunteer Rose Garden Corps several decades ago to satisfy his lifelong passion for rose gardening.

“I’ve been interested in roses for many decades. [My wife and I] moved to San Diego in 1962, and when be bought our house, we started planting roses in our own garden,” he said. “San Diego is one of the most favorable places to grow roses, so we thought everybody should enjoy roses in a larger, public space.”

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