Rose aficionados in Scottsdale are smelling the sweet smell of victory. Plans are under way to relocate a long-standing downtown Scottsdale public rose garden to the city-owned yard at the Scottsdale Artists’ School, on the southwest corner of Second Street and Marshall Way.
The original garden northwest of Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard became a casualty of downtown development.
That site on the Arizona Canal remains vacant, but developers have plans to build on it.
Roberta Pilcher of the Scottsdale Rose Society made it her mission in the spring to persuade City Council members to relocate the garden.
“I had a passion to do this garden. I told them it would be a place where people would come and visit, and it would bring color and texture to the area,” said Pilcher, a former Scottsdale councilwoman.
Pilcher said she was relieved when Scottsdale council members voted unanimously in the summer to appropriate $350,000 to the project.
The first phase of the construction, which begins next month, will start with the grading for better drainage, said Corey Lew, a senior project manager with Scottsdale’s Capital Project Management Services division.
The construction will also include installing electrical and irrigation systems, walkways and creating raised- and ground-level flower beds, according to city documents.
Members of the Scottsdale Rose Society will select about 300 varieties of roses for the garden, Pilcher said.
Part of the garden will feature “patriotic” themed roses with names, such as “honor and pride,” designed to pay tribute to U.S. troops abroad, said Pilcher.
John Little, executive director of the city’s Downtown Group, said he will be reaching out to the community to join Scottsdale Rose Society members in planting the roses in February.
Those interested in taking part in the planting can call the Downtown Group early next year at (480) 312-7750.
A public dedication is planned for early April.