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Maplewood Rose Festival 

"In the center of the city of Rochester, above the bank of the river which has shaped the region's history, lies a jewel of a garden." So goes Duane Reid's history of the Maplewood Rose Garden. Celebrate horticulture and heritage this weekend with the Maplewood Rose Festival, which takes place Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17, at the garden (at Lake and Driving Park avenues).

The celebration is held at the peak blooming cycles of more than 300 rose varieties, with more than 5,000 flowers perfuming the air. The weekend includes horticultural workshops and demonstrations by Rochester's top gardeners and landscape professionals, hands-on gardening and landscaping activities for adults and kids, an arts & crafts fair, tours, storytelling, a perennial swap meet, wine tastings, and specific daily features.

On Friday, 7-10 p.m., join other Rochesterians for a Party on the Bridge on Driving Park Bridge, which will include children's activities, music, and fireworks. Events take place 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, including a Father's Day picnic taking place 1-5 p.m. Admission to the festival is free. For more information, call 428-6866, or email rosefestival@maplewood.org.

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