The roses are in full bloom for their big spring debut.

The roses are in full bloom for their big spring debut.

The Columbus Park of Roses Volunteers and Foundation will host the annual Stop and Smell the Roses, a celebration of spring in the park, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

Outdoor artists will paint and live music will play throughout the day as strollers enjoy the park's thousands of roses, said Nancy Walsh, the foundation's development officer.

The park is located at 3901 N. High St.

The activities are made possible with support from Clintonville Community Fund and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

"The entire Park of Roses is bursting with color and fragrance in early June," Walsh said in a prepared statement. "The combination of roses, perennials and herbs in bloom and art and music in this beautiful outdoor setting make it a garden party for the public.

"We are also excited for people to see the newly renovated fountain. It features water jets around the perimeter, which create a sparkling crown of water."

"This fountain is beautiful," Walsh said in an interview.

She added the foundation still needs to meet about a quarter of its $94,000 goal to complete payment on the fountain upgrade.

Although foundation officials don't want to make many changes to the popular event, Walsh said they do attempt to add a little something every year. This time around, more activities for young artists will included.

Other than that, not much is new.

"We don't want to mess with something that's running perfectly," Walsh said.

The timing of the event builds on the Columbus Rose Club's annual show in the shelter house, always scheduled for the second Saturday in June.

That show is open to the public from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

It is free and is accessible to those with disabilities.

Visitors to the annual event also may consult with rose experts and horticulturists to ask questions on selection, planting and care of roses, perennials and herbs, and can enter a free drawing to receive potted roses from Oakland Nurseries.

Musical entertainment on tap for the day includes:

* 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Robert Grossman, dulcimer; and Ray Pauken, banjo.

* 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dave Bott, piano.

* 1 to 3 p.m. Capitol City Barbershop Chorus.

* 1 to 5 p.m. Air on Strings, flute and guitar.

* 1 to 6 p.m. Mark Camden, Native American flute.

* 4 to 6 p.m. John McCullough, bagpipes.

* 5 to 6 p.m. Clintonville Community Band.

Beverages, sandwiches and pastries from Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe and ice cream from Vienna Ice Cafe will be available to purchase.

The Park of Roses, located within Whetstone Park, is one of the largest public rose gardens in America and winner of many national and international awards.

Roses are planted in three separate areas.

The Heritage Garden contains older varieties of climbing and shrub roses, most of which are fragrant. The Main Garden is full of hybrid tea and other modern varieties of roses. The Earth-Kind Garden pairs hardy and low-maintenance types with decorative shrubs to show gardeners how to incorporate roses into their home landscapes.