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Sunday in the Rose Garden May 16

Posted on May 6, 2021

Wide Awake Wilson

Wilson Rose Garden officials plan to bring back a nearly 20-year-old tradition in May.

The garden’s board has set Sunday in the Rose Garden for Sunday, May 16, from 2-4 p.m., barring a surge in COVID-19 numbers or, more likely, rain.

The free event will include music, rose-pruning demonstrations, door prizes and light refreshments, plus contests for artists creating pieces inspired by the garden.

Chair Becky Rose said the garden’s board was disappointed to have to cancel the 2020 festival.

“It’s usually such a nice day to be out in the garden, enjoying the music and seeing the roses as they start the growing season,” she said. “We are excited to try to hold the festival this year as long as we can do so safely.”

The event will be held in compliance with Gov. Roy Cooper’s directives regarding COVID-19 precautions that are in effect in mid-May.

The festival will include music by Wilson’s Bill Myers, who was a founding member of The Monitors and continues to be a well-known musician.

There will also be a performance by students and instructors at ProMusic Conservatory. Oliver Hedgepeth, a columnist for The Wilson Times, and his wife, Elizabeth, are expected to be special guests.

The annual art contest is for artists who create paintings, drawings and other pieces during the event. Artists can set up as early as 1:30 p.m., and judging will be at 3:30 p.m. Small cash prizes will be awarded by age category, typically children, teens and adults, if there are sufficient entries.

The first Sunday in the Rose Garden was held in 2002, which had been declared by Congress as the “year of the rose.” Also that year, the American Rose Society declared the City of Wilson “An American Rose City.”

The Wilson Rose Garden is located at the city of Wilson’s Charles Pittman Operations Center, 1800 Herring Ave. The garden is a public garden that is free to visit and generally in bloom from April until November. It is available for rental for weddings or other special events; call 252-399-7530 for more information.

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