Portland is called The City of Roses for a reason; we have roses. Do we ever have roses. We have a the Portland Rose Festival, with its parades, City Fair, and Rose Festival Court. We have the International Rose Test Garden. Roses fill our gardens, tended or not, and thrive in empty lots and freeway medians. Roses are everywhere in Portland, thanks to our uniquely suitable climate.
Today, the Pendleton building is full of roses. Yes, it’s the annual Rose & Flower show in our office. Have a peek at the beauties brought in today. Some are simple antique roses with flat, fragrant faces, and other bow under the weight of their many-petaled, heavy-headed splendor. Lilies and peonies love Portland, as well, and you can see some of those on the entry table. Just take a look at these beauties.
We’re also having a company-wide ice cream social, where the winners will be announced. Tomorrow is the Grand Floral Parade, one of the largest parades in the country. So happy Rose Festival to you all from the City of Roses.
P.S. Here is the “Best Rose” winner. It is almost nine inches across!