Roseville In Bloom

We’re all craving a little novelty these days. But we also need to stay safe. Roseville in Bloom gives us the best of both worlds.

The Minnesota city launched this very cool public art project back in July. But there’s still time to see it. Just get to the Twin Cities by the end of October.

Lydia Anderson sculpture at Roseville in Bloom

The Roseville in Bloom project features 20 rose statutes created by local artists. They’re strategically placed outdoors all over the city so locals and travelers can experience see them and visit new places while keeping a safe distance from other art fans.

As added bonus, you can get a little exercise while you check out the rose sculptures. Walk or bike two different routes, a 9.7-mile option or a shorter 7.6-mile trail. (Or you can just drive, if that’s easier.)

You can download both maps and a fun coloring page here. The site also gives you some info about each of the artists and how they work.

A cyclist poses for a selfie by the Adam Turman sculpture

Roseville in Bloom is also partnering with and promoting businesses in the region. Scan the QR code at the base of each rose sculpture to get discount coupons for local restaurants, shops and more.

Stop by theĀ Grand Ole Creamery’s Roseville location and try the “Blooming Rose” mango strawberry sorbet created for the project. The 21 and over crowd can enjoy the Roses and Rhubarb cocktail at Bent Brewstillery.

If you make it to Bent, tell me what you ordered! I haven’t been there since I wrote this story a few years ago.

Roseville in Bloom sculpture bu Shakun Maheshwari

You can win prizes too. Register online to win a hotel stay, Nickelodeon Universe passes and more on the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition website.

Contest registration and the Roseville in Bloom event are both completely free. But this group of nonprofit organizations is contributing money, volunteers and material support for people affected by COVID and donations to the COVID-19 Response Fund are always appreciated. It’s a great way to give back to those who need it most.

The Cora Hays Roseville in Bloom sculpture

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, organizers are asking everyone to stay a minimum of six feet away from other visitors while visiting the rose sculptures and to refrain from touching the sculptures. Roseville in Bloom ends on on October 31.

What about you?
What do you like about the Roseville in Bloom exhibit?
How are you experiencing art during the pandemic?
How are you getting outdoors these days?
What other outdoor public art events should I know about?
What are your favorite Roseville businesses?
Which rose was your favorite and why?

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