October 29, 2012
By Sophia Kecskes
New, healthier roses are coming soon to the Peninsula Park Rose Garden - just in time to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
As many as 3,000 rose bushes are damaged or diseased in this favorite North Portland park. They will be removed and replaced by a team of volunteers led by Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) and the Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden.
PP&R will hold a community work day on October 30 to remove the roses. In early 2013 new, donated roses valued at over $75,000 will be planted in the park.
The new roses will be healthier, disease-resistant roses that require low pesticide use and are easier to maintain. New plants will include varieties of hybrid tea, floribunda, grandiflora, and climber roses to ensure the colors and fragrances of the garden remain true to the original design.
The Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden, who in partnership with PP&R and the Portland Parks Foundation, are dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing this historic garden for future generations.
Tuesday, October 30
Work is expected to take several days.
N Albina Ave. & N Ainsworth St.
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