MIDDLETOWN, NJ — Stop by and smell the roses during the Monmouth County Park System’s Celebration of the Historic Rose Garden on Sunday, June 13. Held from 10am-3pm at Deep Cut Gardens, Red Hill Road, Middletown, the free event features guided tours, demonstrations and lectures. See demonstrations of vegetable and herb gardening, home composting, bonsai and more. Lectures, including one on roses, will be geared toward the home gardener. Visitors will also have a chance to try their hand at origami and see the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast in action as they use the gardens for inspiration. With the help of Master Gardeners, children will have the opportunity to plant a seedling to take home. Experienced gardeners will also be on hand to answer questions.

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A yellow rose, taken at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown

Deep Cut Gardens is the Park System’s site dedicated to the home gardener. The 54 acres of gardens and greenhouses are planned as a living catalog of cultivated and native plant materials to be observed through the seasons. Its renovated rose parterre, originally built in 1935, features 52 varieties of roses with over 180 bushes.

For more information on Deep Cut Gardens or the Monmouth County Park System, visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call the Park System at (732) 842-4000.  The TTY/TDD number for people with hearing impairment is 711.  The Monmouth County Park System is celebrating its golden anniversary of keeping the county green and livable, since the Board of Chosen Freeholders created the first county park in 1960. Today, the Park System has grown to over 30 sites totaling more than 14,500 acres and offers approximately 4,000 recreation program and activities, making it the perfect place to come outside and play.