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Rose Roots Community Garden |  12920 W. 84th Ave |  Arvada, CO

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Meet the Leaders
Meet our Community

Kendra, passionate gardener and weekend outdoor adventurer, donates innumerable hours to keeping Rose Roots Garden alive. She welcomes all volunteers who want to share the load!

Membership Team Leader

Kendra Thompson-Eliason

Karel and Kendra are a power team of Garden organizers. As a small volunteer organization, Karel looks forward to the challenge of continuing to create greater opportunities for the garden with less.


Karel Hemler

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Gina, among the original founders of Rose Roots Garden continues to consult while Co-Hosting "Urban Conversation", a reality show she and her husband produced to show their family's journey towards sustainable living. Get some gardening tips and watch the fabulous PBS episodes at 

Education Coordinator

Gina Schley

When it comes time to harvest thousands of pounds of precious food, Theresa's job of coordinating volunteers to transport fresh organic food quickly to the Arvada Food Bank is among the most important. As she was instrumental in coordinating support and put together the team who raised the new Rose Roots Barn, earning a Garden Leader Award from Denver Urban Gardens,  she looks forward to utilizing the barn to keep harvested food fresh.

Food Bank Coordinator

Theresa McKinney

As an outreach coordinator, Barb coordinates the various garden teams and looks for opportunities to liason with other organizations for mutually beneficial partnerships.

Originally from Chicago, Barb can offer tips for those struggling with our often exciting weather patterns.


Barb Mutnan


There is no end to the jobs that need doing and the hands that need recruiting in a large volunteer driven project such as Rose Roots. Jim and Jason form a strong partnership in leading gardeners to maintain the beautiful shared community grounds. 

Jim can be seen walking nearly every day, during high season, with his wife, Linda, to the garden to maintain their fertile plot and help others whenever needed.

Operations Leader

Jim Richards


Erin has gardened with her husband and two sons at Rose Roots for 6 years and, while not always maintaining the finest plot, her family has enjoyed some of their most peaceful and joyful hours, albeit dirt infused, together at the garden. Her parents now share the adjacent plot and share watering efforts.

Communication Leader

Erin Newton


Jason isn't afraid to get his hands dirty coordinating large groups of zealous volunteers and the tools needed to get the job done. He looks forward to integrating community groups such as the Scouts to incorporate community involvement.

Operations Leader

Jason Andersen

Laura will be offering periodic New Gardener orientations. There is so much to learn, put one of the pre-scheduled dates on the calendar and learn all that Rose Roots community garden can offer you, and all that you can offer your gardening community.

Orientation Leader

Laura Bennett

Gary, formerly an engineer, utilizes all of his years of experience to set Rose Roots Gardeners up with the best gravel for combatting weeds, the finest tools for the job, and he constantly problem solves with the garden leaders.


Gary is often gardening with his wife Jeneyne, and daughter Erin, who maintain neighboring plots as a family. Three generations, with their grandchildren often playing in the children's garden, keep Rose Roots Garden vital.

Equipment Leader

Gary Williams

Jesse, long time gardener and cellist, provides inspiration daily to new gardeners. She offers tips on Square Foot Gardening, leads a team of active early risers who maintain the new beautifully flourishing Pollinator garden, and she's always happy to share Master Gardener tips with anyone who cares to join her occasional weekend clinics. 


Pollinator Garden Leader

Jesse Standart

The garden doesn't open without Steve, as he has the important job of maintaining the water spigots and opening each new season when the hoses are turned on for each pair of plots.


Irrigation and City Liasion

Steve Simms

Introducing Judy Newton

Home town: Valhalla, New York

Transplanted From: Visalia, California

Career: Pediatric Physical Therapist, UCP Director

Family: Husband Brian Newton, Daughter Erin Newton (also garden neighbor) and Son-In-Law Danny Inman, grandchildren Grayson (5) and Julian (2)

Favorite Flower: Iris

California Gardening: Success with patio herb barrels, hanging baskets, rose and veggie raised garden boxes, and attracting hummingbirds

Hobbies: hiking, nordic skiing, birding, gardening, singing (Boulder Chorale, Arvada Chorale), watercolor painting, Performing Arts Patron

Years in Colorado: 2 years

Colorado Gardening successes: tomatoes, radishes, zucchini, squash, kale, and time with family

Happy Place: baking, reading and doing art projects with grandsons. Having outdoor adventures with family.

Favorite Recipe: Ricotta Fresh Linguini with garden red chard, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms.