Tulsa's Rose Garden makes a recovery after it was destroyed by rare disease

Posted at 9:21 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 22:21:30-04

TULSA - A city treasure that's been whittling away for years is now being restored. 

"This rose garden holds a special place in a lot of people's heart," said a volunteer last year. 

Every petal of every rose in the garden means something to someone. 

"The pathways, the solitude, the chance to decompress."

But just one year ago Tulsa's Rose Garden was wilting. 

"And I want to make sure it stays alive."

We were there as volunteers dug down deep and tore out every imperfection by hand. 

 "Oh my goodness let's see, a year ago we were surrounded by 6 and 7 foot tall weeds," said Tulsa Garden Center Executive Director Laura Chalus.

The piles of unwanted plants surrounding a disease-infested place. 

"Then this virus came along and just swept through this monti-culture of thousands of roses and just decimated the place," said Tulsa Garden Center Director of Horticulture Barry Fugatt. 

A year later experts from around the state using what looks like a storybook wonderland as a classroom. 

"It has been fantastic, the transformation as you say just from last year to this."

The sacred place of light pink roses and warm beauty now looking more like itself again. 

"It's only going to get more and more beautiful as the years go by."

Tulsans hopeful from here, everything's coming up roses.

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