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Rose Day at Merryspring

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CAMDEN, Maine – Join Camden rosarian and musician Glenn Jenks in heralding the beginning of summer with the return of the Rose Day Celebration at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, June 26 beginning at 12:00 noon.

A Merryspring tradition for 20 years, Rose Day is an afternoon of talks about roses, a tour of the Merryspring rose garden, and site visits to local rose gardens in the area.

The program will begin at Merryspring’s gazebo, where Glenn will discuss all the thorny details about growing roses in Maine’s challenging climate. Jenks will raise awareness about the harmful effects of popular rose pesticides on bee populations and offer alternative methods of how to take care of roses with preventative pest management. Guests will also get a glimpse inside the American rose industry and its influence and fate on the household garden.

Guests are reminded to wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, as well as to bring a lunch to eat if they choose.There will be a short break for lunch following the talk. After lunch, Jenks will guide guests on a tour of Merryspring’s rose garden. Following conclusion of the tour, attendees will be able to visit three other local rose gardens in Camden.

Jenks is a pianist and teacher living in Camden. Now retired from performing as a touring musician, he has concentrated his efforts on his own private teaching practice for the past 25 years. He is an active gardener and birder, and he has been growing roses since he was in ninth grade. Glenn graduated Phi Betta Kappa from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., and currently serves as Vice President of the Board at Merryspring Nature Center.

This presentation is part of the Spring Talk Series at Merryspring, which is being sponsored by The First (www.the1st.com).

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