Mother's Day is Sunday but the flowers are already in full bloom in Northcentral Wisconsin.
Since 1994, volunteers with the Wausau Conservatory of Music, have sold roses by the dozen for Mother's Day. The proceeds provide scholarships for conservatory students, awarded based on financial need.
Students range in age from preschoolers to adults with all levels of ability. It takes months of preparation and more than a dozen volunteers to keep the sale running smoothly.
"We do ask people to pre-order but we always order extra," volunteer Ann Dahlke said. "So if somebody's just learning about our sale, they're welcome to purchase roses."
Last year, the conservatory sold 700 dozen roses to raise $12,000 in scholarships. Rose pick up continues until 6 p.m. Friday evening and again Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
"Who doesn't love roses," Dahlke said. "Maybe you have a friend who did you a favor and you want to thank them, what a great way to do that."
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