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And the Winner is… Summertime Souvenir!

De Ann Troen (of Happy Valley, Oregon) submitted the winning entry in the 2010 Portland Rose Festival’s ‘Name the Rose Contest’ sponsored by Dennis’ Seven Dees Landscaping and Garden Centers. Summertime Souvenir — now the official name of the signature rose of the 2010 Rose Festival — was chosen by a panel of judges out of 780 entries from around Oregon and Washington.

“I was bouncing off the walls when they called me. I feel so honored my name was picked,” said De Ann Troen. “I used to enter the Festival’s ‘Name the Theme Contest’ and always thought “Summertime Souvenir” would make a great festival theme, so I entered it for the Name The Rose contest.” A full-time Mary Kay Team Leader and Charter Member of the One More Time Around Again Marching Band, De Ann has been collecting Rose Festival Pins for 28 years and marched in 25 Starlight Parades, 28 Grand Floral Parades and one Tournament of Roses Parade.

Summertime Souvenir has big pointed buds that swirl open to show off seductive shades of peach, coral and salmon. Strong, long stems make it a great addition to any cutting garden and the clean, deep green glossy leaves are lovely in landscape, too. Disease resistant, with medium-large flowers, it has a mild fruity fragrance.

Ms. Troen’s prize package (valued at $350) includes a Season Pass to all 2010 Rose Festival events and a “Rose Care Package” from Dennis’ Seven Dees. Potted and bare root bushes will be available exclusively at Dennis’ 7 Dees Garden Centers in mid-February. For each rose sold, $2 will be donated to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation.

Dennis’ 7 Dees has been a leading nursery, garden center and landscape contractor in the Portland area since 1956. They sell a wide variety of plants and tools for home gardens and have an ongoing commitment to “Smarter Gardening” based on free, expert gardening advice from their experienced staff. For more information call: 503.777.7777.