Landmark prepares for 100th birthday
Portland Parks & Recreation and Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden have launched a special project to remove and replant approximately 3,000 roses on the lower level of the north Portland landmark.
The project is the first in a series of events that PP&R, the Friends group, the Piedmont and Humboldt Neighborhood Associations, and neighboring communities are hosting to celebrate the park’s 100-year birthday next year in June.
“The roses currently in place may look good at a casual glance,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Botanic Specialist John Reed. “But they are stressed by diseases and pests like the destructive rose midge.”
The existing roses at the garden, planted about 25 years ago, are deteriorating and showing signs of stress.
New roses will be planted in early 2013 and will consist of healthier, disease-resistant roses that require low pesticide use and are easier to maintain.
Varieties will include hybrid tea, floribunda, grandiflora, and climber roses to ensure the colors and fragrances of the garden remain true to the original design.
PP&R’s horticulturists note that the lifespan of roses varies widely, from just a few years to up to 60, depending on conditions, care, environment, and ability to take root. The roses to be replaced do not include any specialty or heritage flowers.
PP&R will draw on volunteers, the Friends of the Peninsula Rose Garden, and employees to help with rose removal, bed preparation, and planting to further keep public costs to a minimum, while maximizing the long-term enjoyment for all.