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2020 Rose Festival Postponed

The health of our community and our friends around the world is the most important thing. We have postponed BUT NOT CANCELLED the 2020 Rose Festival. We’re HOPEFUL that eventually we’ll all come out the other side of this pandemic, healthy and happy — and ready to celebrate together! Please sign up for our eNewsletter and follow us at Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter — and here at our website — for information — and some interesting things to keep us all happy together! THANKS!

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2019 Official Rose – Sun Shower

The 2019 Rose Festival collector’s edition rose is a disease-resistant bushy Floribunda that will bloom abundantly and continuously all summer long with apricot, yellow and pink fade-resistant petals.

Sun Shower is now available exclusively at Portland Nursery. For each Sun Shower rose bush purchased, Portland Nursery will donate $2.00 to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation.

Portland Nursery: A passion for plants. A nursery for plant people.
At Portland Nursery, we offer all the plants, educational classes, soils, pots and tools you’ll need to make your gardening dreams a reality.

Portland Nursery Locations:

Portland Nursery on Stark
Phone: 503.231.5050
5050 SE Stark
Portland OR 97215

Portland Nursery on Division
Phone: 503.788.9000
9000 SE Division
Portland OR 97266


The Royal Rosarians

Royal Rosarian Foundation 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 –- please visit their website:

Portland Rose Society

Portland Rose Society logo 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: