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President's Message
By Emily Hastings


From  2020 May Newsletter  

Happy May! If your garden is anything like mine, and I’m positive most of you have a somewhat larger garden, seeds are sprouting, bulbs have been planted, roses are quickly growing and birds are excitedly swarming the bird feeders. What a beautiful way for spring to begin. The ducks and geese have even reclaimed the golf course behind my condo.

My neighbors have known that I am “the rose person” in the area for a while, but this year they are embracing it. I’ve taken over the pruning and fertilizing for several people, giving out rose care tips as I go. But I never expected someone to leave a rose on my back porch. This is one of the saddest roses I have seen in a long time. It was planted in a small hanging basket and I doubt it was ever pruned. When I took it out to plant it in a large pot, the roots looked more like those of a petunia. I hope my neighbor doesn’t expect great improvement in this first season, though I pruned it, watered it, and added some fertilizer. Maybe, just maybe, there will be something to show for it in a month or two.

Speaking of fertilizer, I’m sure you are worried about your roses and other garden plants. Just give our lovely Chatter editors a call to arrange a social distanced fertilizer pick up for our same great price. If you can’t get to their home in SW Portland, know that Portland Nursery (Stark & Division), Dennis' 7 Dee's (Lake Oswego & Cedars Hills), Garden Frog Nursery, Gardener's Choice, Concentrates, Inc. Naomi's Farm and Garden Supply, Garland Nursery (Corvallis), Coastal Ranch and Farm Supply, and Tony's Garden Center all carry our PRS fertilizer at a retail price. If you can’t support us directly, you can support a local nursery to get our product.

Now, it is with great regret that I must inform you of a difficult decision. Cheryl McClain, as Spring Rose Show Chair, and I, as President, have decided that it is not in the best interest of the Society, or the public, to go ahead with the Spring Rose Show. Instead of postponing it to an as yet determined time during the summer when the roses are past their first bloom, we believe that it will be best to tentatively go ahead with the Miniature Rose Show as the next show. Until such time that we know what the future might look like, we have tentatively planned for the Fall Rose Show to be the highlighted show of the year. We will be in communication with Pittock Mansion and the Lloyd Center to make sure our Shows are as safe as possible when they are allowed to resume.

While Rose Festival has been postponed, PRFF is making an effort to keep up the Festival spirit. Tune in online to see their princesses on social media. Instead of having a traditional parade, there will be two new parades for this year. The Porch Parade is a reverse parade where you can decorate your porch for festival people to view, and the Grand Petite Parade is a virtual shoebox parade.

Additionally, they will be broadcasting last year’s Grand Floral Parade during the time when this year’s would have taken place.

As for the Rose Society;

  • The May General Meeting is CANCELLED
  • The Rosarians’ Rose Garden Contest has MORPHED, see their website for details
  • The Spring Rose Show is CANCELLED
  • Portland's Best Rose is CANCELLED
  • Tillamook Dairy Days is TENTATIVE at this time

Remember, your garden needs friends too, but from at least six feet apart.

Manere sanus, Emily (Emily is multilingual)



Updated June 1, 2020 by Webmaster