Stopping to Smell the Roses

Jun 19, 2013

It was Rose Day Wednesday at the E.M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden at Thornden Park in Syracuse. 

Visitors enjoy the bright colors and intoxicating aromas at the E.M. Mills Rose Garden in Thornden Park.
Visitors enjoy the bright colors and intoxicating aromas at the E.M. Mills Rose Garden in Thornden Park.
Credit Maximilian Eyle, WAER News

The oldest rose society in America showed off its garden of nearly 6,000 rose bushes of more than 300 different species.  It's a labor of love for dozens of volunteers who carefully prune, weed, and water the gardens.  We spoke to one of the unlikely leaders of the rose society.

Roses in bloom at the E.M. Mills Rose Garden in Syracuse
Roses in bloom at the E.M. Mills Rose Garden in Syracuse
Credit Maximilian Eyle, WAER News