SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Since the Syracuse Rose Society was founded in 1911, volunteers and gardening enthusiasts have been sharing in their love for the rose.
One of the oldest rose beds is almost 90 years old and after visitors pass by that portion of Thornden Park, they can explore even farther among thousands of rose bushes.
“This garden is an educational garden. We like to teach on this garden,” said Pam Dooling, president of the Syracuse Rose Society. “If you buy the right rose for this area, it will grow, but if you buy a rose that is from Florida, it’s not going to live through the winters here. This is why we want to educate people, tell them that rose looks great at the store but it’s not going to grow in Syracuse.”
Rose Day festivities will run from noon to 3 p.m. at Thornden Park with music and light refreshments.
On Sunday, June 23, people are welcome to visit the June Rose Show competition on the third floor of Destiny USA’s Canyon Area. Dooling says society volunteers will bring their best roses for the competition. There will be awards for most fragrant, best overall and other honors.
Both Rose Day and the June Rose Show are free to attend.
If you are interested in joining the Syracuse Rose Society, call (315) 463-0831 and ask for Pam Dooling. Annual membership costs $15 per person.