Park of Roses celebrates spring blooms

A celebration of spring in the Columbus Park of Roses, 3923 N. High St., Saturday, June 7, will be hosted by Park of Roses Volunteers and Foundation.

Stop and Smell the Roses runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Outdoor artists will paint and musicians will play throughout the day. The activities are made possible with support from Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and the Clintonville Community Fund. Sponsors include Experience Clintonville and Oakland Nurseries.

Roses are planted in three areas. In the Heritage Garden are older varieties of climbing and shrub roses, most of which are very fragrant. The Formal Garden features hybrid tea and other modern varieties of roses. The Earth-Kind Garden pairs extremely hardy and low maintenance types with decorative shrubs to show gardeners how to incorporate roses in their home landscapes.

The timing of the event builds on the Columbus Rose Club's annual show in the shelter house, always scheduled in early June. That show is open to the public from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Visitors can:

* Experience the color and fragrance of 466 varieties of roses, plus perennial and herb gardens.

* Watch painters from Central Ohio Plein Air and Worthington Area Art League capture the natural beauty of the gardens on canvas.

* Consult with rosarians and horticulturists to answer questions on selection, planting and care of roses, perennials and herbs.

* Encourage children to participate in the Budding Artists Clothesline Art Display.

* Enjoy the Columbus Garden Railway Society garden train exhibit.

* Purchase beverages, sandwiches, kid-friendly meals and pastries from Mozart's.

The music schedule throughout the garden is as follows:

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

* 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Robert Grossman, dulcimer.

* 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ray Pauken, banjo.

* noon to 2 p.m. Capitol City Barbershop, chorus.

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

* 1 to 4 p.m. Air on Strings, flute and guitar.

* 2 to 3:30 p.m. Buckeye State Harmonica Band

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

* 4 to 6 p.m. Seefari Caribbean Jazz.

Columbus Park of Roses is located within Whetstone Park, at the corner of North High Street and Hollenback Road. It is one of the largest public rose gardens in America and winner of national and international awards.