Stop and Smell the Roses Amid Spectacular Spring Color
Explore the spectacular spring color of more than 650 varieties of roses along with the 5th annual Plein-Air Invitational, live music, tours, and more.
See the Fifth Annual Plein-Air Invitational
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Every year, to help mark the Garden’s rites of spring, distinguished plein-air artists from throughout the Northeast gather across the grounds in a public display of painterly talent and nature appreciation.
Led by plein-air master James Gurney, participating artists work in various media while engaging with Garden visitors. Also joining will be artists affiliated with the NYC chapter of Urban Sketchers, an international nonprofit dedicated to fostering a global community of artists who practice on-location drawing.
Participating artists to be announced.
Get Inspired with Tours, Music, and Art
Take an in-depth look at the Rockefeller Rose Garden with guided tours, plein-air drop-in and draw sessions, live music, and more.
Rose Garden Tours with Q&A
11 a.m., 12, 1, 2, & 3 p.m.
Meet at the entrance to the Rose Garden
Grow your knowledge of roses with this in-depth look at the collection and discover the best blooms to grow in your area, the amazing varieties of color and fragrance, and the history of rose cultivation.
Plein-Air Drop-In and Draw
Everyone is an artist! Draw inspiration from the Garden as a plein-air artist would. Drop in, grab a stool and materials and create an image of the Garden to take home. An instructor offers guided tips every half hour.
Live Music Among the Roses
In the Pergola
Throughout the day, live acoustic performances presented in partnership with musicians from the Bronx Arts Ensemble create a perfectly relaxing atmosphere amid the Rose Garden’s spring beauty.
Enter to Win a Rose Plant
At the entrance of the Rose Garden
Enter to win a rose plant to take home! Learn how to care for it from one of our experts on site during the weekend.
Winner must be present at time of drawing to win.
About the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden
The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is among the most popular destinations at the Garden from May to October, when more than 650 varieties of roses are in peak bloom.
Watch Spectacular Color Unfold
The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is a place of iconic spring beauty. Starting in June, follow this season’s bloom as it heads toward peak color with our Rose Tracker.
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