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This year’s COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a wide swath of Americans to the joys of gardens and gardening. The fresh air and other healthful benefits of outdoor exercise, together with the good feeling of accomplishing something useful have drawn many to begin gardening or increase activities in the garden.

American’s Rose Garden at the American Rose Center is seeking volunteers to participate during its upcoming Volunteer Days from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 24. Volunteers are welcome to come work in the garden any time during the two days. Mask wearing and social distancing will be observed and a brown bag lunch will be provided to all who register.

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A Peace Rose at the American Rose Society. (Photo: Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times)

Volunteers will be given a brief tour of the gardens to view the recent changes and additions made as part of the American Rose Society’s Great Garden Restoration Project 2017-2022. After the tour, volunteers will be guided through tasks by garden team leaders. Tasks might include rose care, bulb planting, area cleanup, and help with preparations for Christmas in Roseland.

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No experience needed. Volunteers may bring available tools and should provide garden gloves. Scout troops, 4-H Clubs, and church groups are encouraged to participate.

Volunteers are essential to fulfilling a public garden’s mission of connecting people with plants, including roses. What better way to learn, than to work alongside fellow gardeners with a goal of helping to keep America’s Rose Garden beautiful and ready for visitors.