Merryspring Nature Center will host its annual Rose Day celebration Tuesday, July 5 beginning at noon.

Founded by late rosarian and musician Glenn Jenks, Rose Day is a Merryspring tradition going back 30 years. The annual event celebrates the growing, blooming, history, and appreciation of these ancient and world-renowned plants.

This year’s Rose Day will feature an outdoor presentation by rosarian Peter Kukielski titled Rethinking the Rose Garden. Kukielski is the former curator at the New York Botanical Garden’s Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden and author of “Rosa: The Story of a Rose” and “Roses Without Chemicals.” Peter will speak about his own history growing roses, his time at the New York Botanical Garden, and the changes he implemented to make the Rockefeller Garden more sustainable.

Following the presentation, Merryspring trustee and rose gardener Susan Shaw will lead the group on a driving tour of several area rose gardens, allowing guests to view roses growing in a variety of settings, with different styles, cultivars, and growing conditions.

This program is part of the Summer Talk series at Merryspring. This talk will take place in Merryspring’s Hexagon, with no preregistration is required. The cost of this program is $5, with free admission granted for Merryspring members. Carpooling is encouraged during the Rose Tour.

Merryspring is located at the end of Conway Road, just off Route 1 in Camden, behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information, contact or call 2239.