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Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Fan of roses? Head to the New York Botanical Garden’s Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden because the blooms will be at their peak this weekend. More than 625 varieties are planted here–over 3,000 total plants!

You’ll find both heirloom varieties and modern ones. (Both have their own value, as heirloom roses have the strongest scent, while modern variations are more disease-resistant.)

There will be tours with rosarians (yes, that is a word). No need to register, just meet up at the entrance of the garden at 11 a.m., 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Throughout the day, there will be live harp and cello performances, perfect for the rosy environment.

You can also learn how to take care of these colorful flowers Life Is Rosy begins 2:30 p.m. when a gardener will walk you through standard rose care practice from fertilizing to pruning.

And finally, there will be raffles you can enter to take one of these beautiful plants home!

It really is a zen way to spend a spring afternoon. There will be refreshments, beer and wine available to purchase while you while away the hours gawking at nature’s wonders.

Admission is $28 for adults on weekends, $25 for seniors and students, $12 for kids 2-12. Prices are a few dollars cheaper mid-week.

Image via Kimon Berlin/Flickr