My kids and I went on a really cool scavenger hunt in Roseville, and you can too!
Roseville in Bloom is a free public art project happening this July through October. There are 20 almost seven-feet tall rose statues, each designed uniquely by a different artist. And everyone is invited to find them and take pictures of the roses!
Our family has loved Roseville for years. We actually were thinking of moving there at one point, because of how centrally located it is. It really is right in the middle of the Twin Cities – only 10 minutes from both Minneapolis and St. Paul! So it’s easily accessible to everything.
Plus there are a lot of great places to visit in Roseville, including Rosedale Mall, SeaQuest (inside Rosedale Mall) and the Roseville library (when it’s open – right now it’s only open for pickup).
Who are the artists?
Last fall, Visit Roseville announced they were seeking submissions by Minnesota artists (professionals and amateurs) to design rose statues, along with noted local artists Adam Turman and Christopher Straub. The rose statues were created by TivoliToo, the Minnesota company that built the Peanuts on Parade characters that were displayed throughout Saint Paul.
Artists were chosen in March, and each participating artist received an honorarium of $2000 to help cover the cost of materials needed to for the project.
The artists did their work at the State Fairgrounds. In the picture above, the roses were transported on June 12th back to TivoliToo where a clear, protective coating was applied.
Here’s a picture of the
Information about the artists will be available at https://www.visitroseville.com/roseville-in-bloom/.
Is this COVID-19 friendly?
YES! All roses are outdoors, so this is a safe outing for maintaining proper social distancing, and it’s great for all ages!!!
How to get started?
You can download FREE rose maps, which are available online and at Rosedale. We had a printed map with us, which we used to find our way from one rose to the next. They were not too far away from each other – definitely need to drive, but we hit several in a short time.
They’re generally easy to find. Some you can see from the road, others you need to look a bit for.
What else to expect?
Visit Roseville has fun events including a digital scavenger hunt where people can scan a code on each rose to receive offers and discounts from the Roseville in Bloom sponsors, including local stores and restaurants.
Check the Visit Roseville website for all this information coming soon.
Here are the ones we have visited so far!
Painting the Roses Red – Roseville Library
Artist: Kimberly McCracken
This “Alice in Wonderland” themed rose was located right in front of the Roseville library.
The base is like a teacup on top of the Alice in Wonderland storybook. You can see Alice on the stem.
Check it out while you’re ordering a coffee at the Dunn Bros Coffee drive-thru!
Minnesota Helpers – Saint Rose of Lima
Artist: Donna Post
This one has various symbols on it including a communion cup and wafer, and is located in front of Saint Rose of Lima church right on Hamline Avenue.
Aurora Borealis – McGough Construction
Artist: Aimee Fierke
I absolutely loved the colors of this one.
Busy as a Bee – Lexington Park
Artist: Jim Defeo
This rose is right on the street corner by Lexington Park, where kids were playing.
It’s a very appropriate one to be placed near where kids play!
What Brings You Joy? – Bent Brewstillery
Artist: Lydia Anderson
This colorful, cheerful rose was a little hard to find, as it’s on the south side of Terrace Drive, on the other side of a parking lot.
One nice thing about Roseville in Bloom is that you discover businesses and restaurants along the way! I didn’t know about this restaurant.
Rosewood – Country Inn & Suites
Artist: Lili Payne
It literally looks like wood! I think the pot is really neat, as it looks like it’s filled with water.
Artists, Themes and Rose Locations:
Here is the full list of artists, their rose themes and locations!
Adam Turman: Theme: Discover
Location: Central Park, 2540 Lexington Ave. N
Christopher Straub: Theme: Petals on the Runway
Location: Rosedale Center, Entrance A (near JC Penney and SeaQuest), 1595 MN-36
Kristi Abbott: Theme: Paper Rose
Location: Hampton Inn, 2050 Iona Ln West
Shakun Maheshwari: Theme: Color & Culture
Location: McCarrons Lake, 1745 Rice Street
Bailey Quam: Theme: “La Glace” Rose
Location: John Rose OVAL Minnesota, 2661 Civic Center Dr
Kimberly McCracken: Theme: Alice in Wonderland – Painting the Roses Red
Location: Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N
Kao Lee Thao: Theme: Hmong Story Cloth
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Roseville Minneapolis, 2540 Cleveland Ave N
Visit Roseville in Collaboration with TivoliToo: Theme: inSPIREd by Minnesota
Location: Spire Credit Union, 1880 Perimeter Dr
Aimee Fierke: Theme: Aurora Borealis
Location: McGough, Inc., 2737 Fairview Avenue N
Donna Post: Theme: Minnesota Helpers
Location: Saint Rosa of Lima, 2048 Hamline Ave N
Thomas Toebe: Theme: Goodie
Location: Goodmanson Construction, 2500 County B Rd W
TivoliToo Artist: Theme: Spirit of Hospitality
Location: Rosedale Tower, 1700 Hwy 36 W Suite 600
Cora Hays: Theme: The Value of Education
Location: Kids in Need Foundation, 2719 Patton Rd
Wendy McCarty: Theme: Flower Power
Location: TSE, 2027 Rice St
Jim Defeo in Collaboration with TivoliToo: Theme: Busy as a Bee
Location: Lexington Park, 2131 Lexington Ave N
Daniela Bianchini: Theme: Blossoming Tesserae
Location: Rosewood Office Plaza, 1711 County B Road W
Jill Osiecki: Theme: Harmony in Nature
Location: Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 3045 Centre Pointe Dr N, Roseville
Erin Ward: Theme: Bloom
Location: North American Banking Company, 2230 Albert Street
Lili Payne: Theme: Rosewood
Location: Country Inn & Suites, 2740 Snelling Avenue N
Lydia Anderson: Theme: What Brings You Joy?
Location: Bent Brewstillery, 1744 Terrace Dr
This was only our first outing to Roseville in Bloom but my kids and I had fun and we look forward to finding more roses! They’re fun to look for and the artwork is amazing.
For more information, visit the Visit Roseville website!
(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.)