Tucson's Reid Park Rose Garden - a floral spectacle featuring more than 100 species of roses and 800 individual plants - has won a Garden of the Year award from the American Rose Society.

The society's Pacific Southwest District presented the award for the garden's excellence in 2012.

"Being recognized for the beauty of our rose garden is an amazing accomplishment," said Sierra Davenport, community promotions and marketing manager for Tucson Parks and Recreation. "We're nearing the end of our spring full-bloom season in the garden, and it should be in full bloom again in October and November."

Davenport said the Rose Society of Tucson submitted the garden for award consideration.

She credited volunteers from a group called the Friends of the Reid Park Rose Garden for helping park workers in maintaining the site.


The garden - in Reid Park northeast of East 22nd Street and South Country Club Road - opened in 1960 with 232 rose beds, Davenport said.

It now includes a gazebo, benches and walking paths among the blooms.

Tyrus Coursey, historian with the Friends of the Reid Park Rose Garden, said volunteers from the group assist park-maintenance workers by trimming, watering, feeding and pruning the roses.

"Tucsonans should be proud to have this jewel as a public asset," Coursey said.

Among the garden's stunning collection are brilliant yellow Julia Child roses and an elegant white variety known as moondance roses.

The site can be reserved for weddings, birthdays and other events. Call 791-5930 for information.

See and smell the roses

• What: Reid Park Rose Garden

• Where: The garden is centrally located in the park northeast of East 22nd Street and South Country Club Road.

• Hours: Sunrise to 5 p.m. every day of the year, except when garden is reserved for special events.

• Admission: Free

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