Coming Up Roses

Want to help beautify a national park this weekend?  Don your gardening clothes and head out to Ste. Geneviève National Historical Park.  The park needs your help to keep an historic rose garden smelling sweet!

On Saturday April 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the park is hosting a volunteer event in the side garden of the Jean Baptiste Vallé house, where staff members will put you to work pruning and weeding the rose garden.  Volunteers must be at least 13 years old, though no experience is necessary.  Tools and gloves will be provided.

The Jean Baptiste Vallé House dates from 1794; it served as a private home until 2010.  Over the past 200 years the home and community shifted as the territory transformed from Spanish to French to American. The house reflects some of these transformations through renovations, additions, and restoration projects that allowed the home to better suit the families that resided there. The Vallé family who first resided in the house played an important role in guiding Ste. Genevieve through its many transitions.  The interior of the home is available for free public tours as part of the park’s regularly scheduled programs.

To sign up for the April 1 rose garden event, you’ll need to fill out an application form here.  For more information, call 573-880-7302 or email

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