1st BLOOM&GLOW to be held at Richmond Rose Garden


RICHMOND, Ind. – Richmond Rose Garden has again planned a unique fun summer event on Wednesday, June 8. It’s called the 1st BLOOM&GLOW.

The 1st BLOOM refers to the beginning of the rose blooming season and visitors will be invited to stroll the Richmond Rose Garden as the sun prepares to set. Live easy-listening music by Wayne County musician Pat O’Neal will add to the ambiance.

Tickets are on sale for soft drinks and gourmet hors d’oeuvres provided by five well-known local caterers. Food tickets are $20 per person and sold in advance. Those with food tickets can sample the refreshment stations around the rose garden. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Tickets are available at the Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau’s Welcome Center, 5701 National Road E., Richmond. They are also available from event committee members.

The GLOW refers to a hot air balloon glow that will also take place that evening adjacent to the garden on the former golf course at Glen Miller Park. Several hot air balloons will be glowing at dusk. Admission is free to the balloon glow.

Local businesses, organizations and individuals are sponsoring the balloons and contributing toward the event’s other costs.

Donations are accepted throughout the year for the rose garden’s maintenance, such as buying roses for planting, improving lighting and upgrading irrigation. Contributions may be sent in care of Wayne County Foundation marked for the Rose Garden Fund, 33 S. Seventh St., Richmond, IN 47374. For more information about the fund, call 765-962-1638.

Staff report

The Richmond Rose A.A.R.S. Garden is open 365 days a year, and no admission is charged for visiting the garden. The garden is wheelchair accessible. Visitors experience the beauty of our flourishing garden that highlights more than 100 varieties of All American Selections Roses. In addition, blooming annuals, perennials and ornamental trees add an interesting texture to the garden. It was founded in 1987 and continues to be maintained by volunteers. More volunteers are always welcome.

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