Rose Organizations Joining Together
2015 Official Rose – Velvet Majesty
Carry on the Rose Festival tradition in your garden with the addition of “Velvet Majesty.” Regaling its open faced petals with a soft magenta shroud, the Portland Rose Festival’s 2015 collector’s edition rose “Velvet Majesty” gracefully exhibits majestic sovereignty of the highest order in every garden.
The official rose is available EXCLUSIVELY at Dennis’ 7 Dees Garden Centers. For each rose sold, $2 will be donated to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation. Visit Dennis7Dees.com to learn more.
Dennis’ 7 Dees Garden Center Locations:
10455 SW Butner RD
1090 McVey AVE
6025 SE Powell BLVD
84794 HWY 101 South
The Royal Rosarians
The Royal Rosarians — a unique organization separate from the Portland Rose Festival Foundation — serve as Portland’s official greeters and ambassadors by charter from the Mayor’s office. They march alongside the bands and floats in the Grand Floral Parade and produce several events throughout the year and during the Rose Festival, including the well-known Royal Rosarian Knighting Ceremony and the Rose Festival Blessing & Memorial Service.
In 1911, 70-some Portland business and civic leaders went as official delegates to Seattle’s Golden Potlatch Festival. After returning to Portland, they formed an organization to greet important visiting guests and share goodwill throughout the region. The following year (1912), 100 newly organized Royal Rosarians made their first appearance dressed in white suits, straw hats and white accessories, the well-known outfit still worn today. For more information about the Royal Rosarians –- including a calendar of events, newsletters and photos –- visit their website: RoyalRosarians.org.
Portland Rose Society
The Portland Rose Society was established in 1888 by Mrs. Henry Pittock, the wife of the first Oregonian publisher, and some of her neighbors and friends. Their vision was that the glory of the rose would be perpetuated through the years by Portlanders for Portland. Their dream has been kept in focus for over one hundred years by dedicated rose gardeners. From the first rose show in Mrs. Pittock’s own garden in King Heights, to today’s extravaganzas at the Lloyd Center ice pavilion, the Rose Society has kept alive the intent and purpose of growing and showing the best of the best of roses for the enjoyment of the citizens of Portland. See some of their most beautiful blooms on display at the Annual Spring Rose Show. For more information, visit their website: PortlandRoseSociety.org