Immerse Yourself in a Sea of
Come June, the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is a sea of warm color, flush with the reds, whites, yellows, and pinks of more than 4,000 blooming plants. In celebration of the delicate beauty that defines this collection, as well as the peak of its seasonal color, stop by for two days of live music, plant care demonstrations and tours with expert rosarians, and light summer refreshments in the shade of the garden's overlooks. In connection with the Groundbreakers exhibition which runs concurrently, the Rose Garden Festival will feature music from the Jazz Age.
Music Among the Roses
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
11–11:30 a.m.; 4:15–5 p.m. & between sets
Travel back in time with the Phonograph DJ Haar as he spins original ragtime, pop, jazz and dance music from the first quarter of the 20th century.
Celebrity Barber & Radio Host, Michael W. Haar, DJ's on two antique Phonograph machines. He spins original jazz recordings from 1917-1927 on the players, which are hand-cranked and require the needle to be changed for every record! Mr. Haar can be found cutting hair at Fellow Barber in Soho, New York. He can be heard on WFMU.org and 91.1FM every Tuesday evening, hosting "The Ragged Phonograph Program" as Mike the Barber. Follow him on Instagram @mikewillcutyou
Dance Performance of "Grass" by Jennifer Muller/The Works
Jennifer Muller/The Works performs a piece that made its World Premiere last year at New York Live Arts during their June season, loosely based on Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.
Jennifer Muller/The Works, now in its 39th year, applies a multi-disciplinary technique that weaves dance, theater and visual arts to create dances that celebrate and illuminate the human spirit. With passion and excellence, The Works has presented its artistry in 39 countries on four continents, electrifying audiences here and abroad, educating youth and serving the community with vital outreach.
From Ragtime to Jazz: The Roots of Pop
Sets at 12, 1, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.
Jazz up your afternoon with these live sets of classic tunes. From ragtime and jazz to Broadway and beyond, dance along to favorites by the likes of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and more.
Saturday: Gelber & Manning
Gelber & Manning is a Brooklyn-based musical vaudeville duo, comprised of Jesse Gelber on piano and Kate Manning on vocals. They specialize in ragtime and early jazz styles, in addition to performing original songs. Gelber & Manning can be found performing as a duo act or with their band at New York's hottest vintage events. Their latest project is a new musical about Storyville, New Orleans, entitled Where All The Rivers Go To Sleep.
Sunday: Queen Esther and her Trio
Queen Esther is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist. Star of George C. Wolfe's new musical Harlem Songand featured as a jazz dancer on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, she performs regularly as a vocalist with various configurations of her own quintet The Hot Five as well as the vocalese collective The Fascinators, JC Hopkins'Biggish Band and guitar icon James "Blood" Ulmer. Currently, she is developing a musical (The Billie Holiday Project) and self-releasing a Black Americana album (The Other Side).
Roni-Sue's Chocolates, New York, N.Y. – artisanal chocolates
Naturally Susan's, New York, N.Y. - natural and organic skin care
Royal Rose's Syrups, Brunswick, Maine – organic and natural simple syrups
Regal Vegan, Brooklyn, N.Y. – gourmet spreads
Wonder Lee, Bronx, N.Y. (Sunday only) – wearable art – Demos at 12:45 & 1:45 p.m.
Q&A Sessions with Rose Gardeners
At the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden pergola
Our Rose Garden staff will answer your questions on cultivars to try in your garden, the history of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, and more. At 2 p.m., join Gardener for Public Education, Sonia Uyterhoeven, as she covers standard rose care practice from fertilizing to pruning in the demonstration Life is Rosy. Also come prepared to ask questions on cultivars to try in your garden, the history of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, and more.
Rose Garden Tours
11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 & 4:30 p.m.
Meet at the entrance to the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden
Grow your knowledge of roses with this in-depth look at the collection in the Rose Garden. Discover the best blooms, the amazing varieties of color and fragrance, and the history of rose cultivation.
Raffles for Rose Plants
12:30 & 2 p.m.
Enter to win a rose plant to take home! Learn how to care for it from one of our experts on site this weekend. Winner must be present at time of drawing to win.
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Pick up a palette and let the Garden be your muse. Borrow materials and set yourself up in a number of inspiring shady overlooks at the Rose Garden. Elissa Gore, Botanical Art Instructor at the Garden, will be on site from 1 to 3 p.m. to share tips for helping you create your own masterpiece.
Elissa Gore, MA, is an award-winning landscape painter, has many years of experience teaching college painting and drawing classes.
Rose-Related Education Programs
The period around the Rose Garden Festival includes a variety of rose-related educational programs, including Adult Education courses and a special one-day intensive program, A Day of Roses: Great Rosarians of the World™ East 2014. Get more information.
Additional Programs Throughout the Garden
View the full list of programs and events happening at the Garden during the Rose Garden Festival.