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    As many as 15 inmates of the Jefferson County jail devote 40 hours a week to pruning, weeding, landscaping and otherwise caring for the thousands of roses in the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) rose garden.

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    The JCSO Public Rose Garden

    • does not use any taxpayer dollars
    • contains more than 400 varieties of roses
    • is built on the site of a former landfill
    • is the only public, inmate-run rose garden in the U.S.
    • provides horticultural training for inmate workers

     

    The garden, at the northeast corner of the county complex in Golden, is the only public rose garden in the United States to be planted at a jail and maintained by inmates.

    Through the jail's outside inmate worker program, detainees who have undergone background checks can reduce their sentences day-for-day by working as part of the "rose crew." Inmates receive training in horticulture and, specifically, in the planting and care of roses, resulting in a stunning display of blooms throughout the course of the summer.

    As one of only 133 gardens to be accredited through the All-American Rose Selection (AARS), the JCSO rose garden contains more than 400 different varieties of hybrid tea, grandiflora, floribunda, miniature, hardy shrub, Old Garden, Climbing, David Austin English and Dr. Griffin Buck hardy roses.

    Rose aficionados find the garden an educational place to learn about different varieties. In addition, the garden has new AARS winners every year, so the public can see how they look and how well they do.

    Established in 1993, the garden is a cooperative project of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the Denver Rose Society and the CSU Cooperative Extension office of Jefferson County. The rose garden is occasionally the site of a wedding. All money spent on the garden comes via the inmates through their purchase of snacks and commissary items, and their telephone usage fees. No taxpayer dollars are used in the upkeep of the rose garden.

    Last Updated: 3-11-2014