FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Area residents celebrated the 43rd Annual Rose Day Festival at Colonial Park Saturday, June 9 in the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden.

The Rose Garden was at peak bloom and visitors enjoyed the day by strolling through the garden, listening to live music, meeting local artisans, and indulging in some great food.

Back by popular demand, rose plants were available for sale. Visitors were invited to bring blankets or chairs to sit on the grassy area of the garden. 

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"Your family is the most important thing in the world, and I know you want portraits you can treasure and hold close to your heart for the rest of your life," Rooney said. "Let me capture another chapter in your family's life." 

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About the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden

The Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden is one acre in size and contains more than 3,000 roses of 325 varieties. The garden was named in honor of Rudolf W. van der Goot, the first horticulturist with the Somerset County Park Commission, as a tribute to his efforts in designing and developing the garden.

From late spring through fall, the roses present a kaleidoscope of color, form, and fragrance. Visitors can view popular modern hybrids, species, and various classes of Old Garden Roses. All roses are clearly labeled for easy identification and only roses that thrive in central NJ are kept in the garden.