(1) The first is the 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade coming up on April 29th. We need Marchers in the parade to carry our Mobile Rose Garden Roses and volunteers to man the side streets to the parade. For information on either please call Eileen Curtiss at 503-668-4503 to be part of the fun. It is the 11th anniversary of this event and it is basically the kickoff event for the Rose Festival.
(2) The Royal Rosarian Garden contest is an event that is quite enjoyable. See information later in the Chatter for entering this event.
(3) Then June 11th, the Portland Rose Society major event, Portlands’ Best Rose at Washington Park. More information and entry forms will be in the May Chatter.
Here at Humphreyville, our roses are finally pruned. My wife has been slogging in the mud and rain to prune, while I continue to stay dry while working on building a new bathroom in our basement. This has proven to be a much more complicated and difficult project than anticipated, but isn’t that usually the case? It is around here at least, along with numerous trips to the hardware and building supply store. Hopefully this project will be in the books before too long, and I can finish the “implement shed” which still needs doors. So many projects, so little time!
ifficult project than anticipated, but isn’t that usually the case? It is around here, at least, along with numerous trips to the hardware and building supply store. Hopefully this project will be in the books before too long, and I can finish the “implement shed” which still needs doors. So many projects, so little time!
Recently I attended the Portland Rose Festival Board meeting. This is such a fine organization and I am looking forward to several of their events coming up in just a few weeks. I also represented the Portland Rose Society at the International Rose Test Garden for its ground-breaking ceremony for the new ADA promenade. Did you see us on the news? This year is the 100th anniversary of the garden, so please look for announcements concerning upcoming events for this celebration. I attended the Royal Rosarian membership meeting honoring past Prime Ministers, and their auction, which was very successful and fun.
I have also been busy sharpening secateurs at three pruning clinics which were held at 7 Dees Nurseries in the Portland area. We’ve had good turnouts, so hopefully our city’s roses will be in fine shape come June. Many thanks to the PRS members for volunteering at these pruning clinics.