Rivers, roses, and rows of horticultural bounty at the Public Market...these are just some examples of what you'll find at this year's Flower City Looking Good special events!
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Flower City Days at the Market
Rochester’s “Flower City” nickname is right on target, as the city is alive and thriving! Visit these Sunday horticultural sales that attract 20,000 shoppers each week to the Rochester Public Market, which was voted America's Favorite Farmers Market in 2010! Hundreds of area growers bring plants directly to gardeners. At Flower City Days, you can join in Rochester’s green revolution by recycling your old plant containers! Master Gardeners from Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension will be available every Sunday to answer all you gardening questions. Vendor spaces are still available—call (585) 428-6907. www.cityofrochester.gov/flowercitydays.
Maplewood Rose Celebration
Held in June each year in Maplewood Park and Rose Garden, corner of Lake Ave. and Driving Park Ave. map Horticulture, Historic Homes and Heritage of the Maplewood Neighborhood!
Bring your family and friends for a photo opportunity with over 5,000 roses. Held during the peak of the blooming season, the event focuses on the beauty of more than 300 rose varieties within the historic Maplewood Rose Garden.
At the festival, also discover the fun and benefits of gardening from Rochester’s top-notch professionals in the green industry. Enjoy hands-on garden/landscape activities for adults and kids, and jazz and wine in the garden on Saturday evening. Other activities: Party on the Driving Park Bridge and a Father’s Day Picnic. Sponsored by the Maplewood Neighborhood Association, MVP Health Care, Wegmans, and the City. www.cityofrochester.gov/maplewoodrosefest.
Rochester River Romance: Celebrating our community’s Love Affair with the Genesee River
Held in October each year. Join this community-wide love affair as we focus the community spotlight on the Genesee River. An entire weekend is dedicated to the beauty and majesty of Rochester's Genesee River during peak autumn foliage season.
Renew your vows on the Pont de Rennes Bridge in High Falls Historic District. Explore by foot, bike or water, the beauty and historical importance of locations along the Genesee Riverway Trail. Pick up your River Romance Passport for discounts at local restaurants and businesses. Fish for salmon below the Lower Falls, climb the tower of an 1822 vintage lighthouse. Take a romantic cruise on the Mary Jemison or the paddle-wheeled Harbor town Belle. Put a team together to take part in the expanded, two-day Head of the Genesee Invitational Regatta.
A myriad of opportunities are offered by the City in partnership with numerous collaborators. The weekend includes over 40 separate events: historic walking tours, bicycle treks, boat rides and races, nature walks, concerts and lakeside family fun, plus horticultural workshops and festivities all along the river corridor. In September, a full brochure will be published the full River Romance schedule, and information will also be available at www.cityofrochester.gov/riverromance.