Park of Roses' blooms backdrop for music, art
The Columbus Park of Roses Volunteers and Foundation will host the annual Stop and Smell the Roses celebration of spring Saturday, June 9.
Outdoor artists will paint and live music will play throughout the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is free, open to the public and accessible to those with physical disabilities.
The activities are made possible with support from the Clintonville Community Fund, Plant Talk on WMNI-AM, Experience Clintonville and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.
"We love sharing the beauty of this unique park with the people of central Ohio," said Nancy Walsh, spokeswoman for the Park of Roses Foundation, in a statement. "We encourage visitors year-round, but early June is when the roses put on a spectacular show while the perennial and herb gardens are full of color also.
"With music and art in the outdoor setting, it's like a garden party for the public."
The event coincides with the Columbus Rose Club's annual show in the shelter house the second Saturday in June, according to the announcement. That show is open to the public from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Visitors on June 9 may experience the color and fragrance of 424 varieties of roses, plus perennial and herb gardens; watch painters from Central Ohio Plein Air and Worthington Area Art League capture the beauty of the gardens; and consult with rose experts and horticulturists on the selection, planting and care of roses, perennials and herbs.
They may also enter a free drawing to receive potted roses from Oakland Nursery, and children can participate in the Budding Artists Clothesline Art Display.
* 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Robert Grossman on dulcimer;
* 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dave Botts on piano;
* 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., oil and watercolor artists;
* 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Joy Unspeakable living statue;
* 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Air on Strings flutes;
* 1 to 3 p.m., Capitol City Barbershop;
* 2 to 5 p.m., Christine Ramsey on Celtic harp;
* 5 to 6 p.m., John McCullough on bagpipes; and
* 6 to 7 p.m., Clintonville Community Band.
Columbus Park of Roses is located within Whetstone Park, 3901 N. High St.