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Become a Leader!

Thank you to our 2024 Season Rose Roots Garden Leaders - we appreciate your commitment, passion, and time!

Service Jobs: Check out our Service Jobs and let us know if you'd like to fill any of these positions for the 2024 Season. These are not voted upon positions unless more than one person wants to be a lead, then we will vote on those lead positions at the start of next season. Read about positions available Here. Please email us at with questions or to sign up for a team.

Meet our Community

Laura Bennett

President & Membership 2024

I love our community and have lived in north Arvada for 30 years.  I thrive in the outdoors with biking, hiking, golfing, and skiing.   Walking through our community brings me inner peace-as I realize how how "lucky we all are".  The garden is a peaceful place to bond with mother nature and also people with common interests.  Being a part of this community has opened my eyes to so many programs as well as other people in need that do not have the same opportunities that I have had.  Cooking is my passion-and I spend hours a day cooking, planning, planting all for nourishment of my body and soul!  Happiness in my heart!

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Tom Glum

Treasurer 2024

My wife and I moved here from the Westchester County in New York four years ago to be closer to our daughter and her husband.  We love being close to the mountains and the cities of Denver and Boulder.  We love to walk with such beautiful views all around us.


When we first moved here we walked past Rose Roots Community Garden often and admired how well it is laid out and how friendly the people are.  So we started gardening there a few years ago and when the opportunity to help the organization with my corporate financial experience I jumped at the chance!  The leadership team is full of dedicated, friendly, and effective people.  Likewise, the larger gardening community is full of warm, interesting and helpful people.

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Shannon Sawyer

Administrator 2024

This is Shannon's second year at Rose Roots. Although she has gardened in the upper Midwest and the Pacific Northwest, she never experienced such garden struggles than when she came to CO. Yet with the community at Rose Roots to learn from and in the peaceful setting of the park, the trials and errors in the garden have become oh, so much the sweeter!


Jim Richards

Operations Lead 2024

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Gary Williams

Operations Team Lead 2024

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Erin Newton

Vice President 2024

Erin has managed our website for the last few years and much of our communications and marketing. Having worked as a geologist and currently a harpist, she recently Chaired the Arvada Parks Advisory Committee and enjoys being part of  a strong inclusive Rose Roots Leadership team. She has gardened with her husband and two sons at Rose Roots from nearly the very start. 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.


Patty Sacks

Special Projects 2024

Patty is a recently retired Landscape Architect/Project Manager from the National Park Service after 36 years. This gave her time to start gardening at Rose Roots. She is now looking forward to contributing at an organizational level to bring it all full circle. As second in command she will work closely with the group to assure we have a cohesive leadership team for the 2021 gardening season.

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Gina Schley

Stewardship Lead 2024

Gina, among the original founders of Rose Roots Garden continues to consult while starting her own flower growing business "She Grows". In addition she Co-Hosted "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 or check out her garden workshops at She generously continues to offer Rose Roots gardeners helpful gardening workshops. 


Katie Meis & Shannon Sawyer

Pollinator Garden Leads 2024

Katie and Shannon lead the maintenance and care of the  beautifully flourishing Pollinator garden. They are always happy to share tips with anyone who cares to join in helping to maintain the garden space filled with native species at the entrance to Rose Roots garden. Come join us every 1st and 3rd Thurs of the month from 5:30-7:30pm.


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