If you need an escape from the dirt and tumbleweeds that surround us, pay the Rose Garden in Central El Paso a visit.

An El Paso hidden gem, the Municipal Rose Garden is one of only 117 certified rose gardens in the United States and home to 432 types of roses, 1500 rose bushes, a waterfall, walking path, and a plaza area.

But you only have until the end of the month to get a moment of Zen in. The garden will be closing for the winter on Thursday, November 30, and will not re-open until March 1, 2018.

You'd think November wouldn't be a good time for roses, but according to Pres Dehrkoop of the El Paso Rose Garden Society, "Spring and Fall are the two best seasons for roses in this area." Denise Rodriguez of Texas AgriLife concurs, adding, "Take advantage of the fall blooms as the weather this fall has been great."

If you have family or friends coming in for Thanksgiving, consider taking them to the Rose Garden. The foliage and fragrance will have everyone wondering if they're still in the desert. It's worth the trip for the fragrance alone, but they'll also love taking numerous bloom-filled selfies.

The El Paso Municipal Rose Garden is located at 1702 N. Copia. It's free and open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through November 30.

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