Camden rosarian Glenn Jenks will lead the annual Rose Day celebration at Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, June 25, beginning at noon.

A Merryspring tradition for more than 20 years, Rose Day is an afternoon filled with talks, tours, and roses. Beginning outdoors in the Hexagon, Jenks will start Rose Day with a presentation on all the thorny details of the best rose varieties for the Midcoast, growing tips, and an answer to the question “What’s wrong with the American rose industry?”

Following a short break for lunch, Jenks will provide a guided tour of Merryspring’s own rose garden, expanding on the variety of choices and management methods that keep the garden beautifully blooming throughout the summer. After this, a driving tour will be held, where he will lead guests to three other impressive rose gardens in this area.

Jenks is a pianist and music teacher living in Camden. He is an active gardener and birder, and he has been growing roses since he was in ninth grade. He graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. and currently serves as vice president of the board at Merryspring Nature Center.

Guests are reminded to wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, as well as to bring a lunch to eat if they choose. This event will last longer than the standard one-hour Tuesday Talk presentations.

This presentation is part of the Spring Talk Series at Merryspring, sponsored by The First.

Admission to the Tuesday Talks is free to Merryspring members and children, with a nominal $5 fee for non-members.

Merryspring is a member-supported, nonprofit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit