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The Royal Rosarians

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

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,
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