Since its dedication in 1939, visitors have stopped to smell the bright buds attached to rows of bushes in the Julia Davis Park Rose Garden. The garden has survived its 60-plus years in part due to the efforts of numerous benefactors and volunteers.
One of the biggest contributors is the annual Art and Roses Fine Art Sale Sunday, June 2, sponsored by the Idaho Centennial Art Group and Boise Parks and Recreation Department. The event ensures the continued longevity with a portion of all art sales from the daylong fair going directly to the Rose Garden's support.
Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., art lovers can check out hundreds of original works of art from 65 local artists. Each artist will be on hand to discuss his or her work, which ranges from paintings to framed photography and sculpture, including the fluted petals of Lisa Bower's floral portraits, and Jack Hiatt's street scene, with buildings the color of coffee.
Live music from musicians the JB Duo, Nancy Kelly, Beth Wilson and Rochelle Smith will permeate the park throughout the event. Since all that art is bound to make visitors hungry, food and beverages are available from Bonaminio's Italian Sausage Co., Boise Fry Company, Abe's Kettle Corn, Say Latte and TCBY yogurt.
This year, the art sale may be more important than ever. Bacterial Cane Blight of Roses, an aggressive disease afflicting the thorned plants, recently jolted the Rose Garden's stock, requiring extensive pruning to save the plants. The bushes might not be entirely out of the woods yet, but Boise Parks and Rec reports the roses are expected to send out new canes this summer.