|Rose gardens in Washington Park|
Around the same time, Madame Caroline Testout, a large pink hybrid tea rose bred in France, was introduced to the city. Thousands of roses were planted along Portland's streets in preparation for the Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition. Portland's climate and soils are ideal for growing roses.
We celebrate our roses with:
- An annual Portland Rose Festival (which I discussed in Q is for Queens and Quimby and of which Georgiana Pittock was a cofounder)
- Many rose gardens, but the biggest and most famous is the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park (the oldest continuously operating public test garden in the U.S., with more than 7,000 plants of approximately 550 varieties)
- Rose garden walking tours
- Rose's Restaurant--When I was in high school, my best friend Ken and I used to frequent the right-out-of-New-York, old-fashioned Rose's all the time. A real New York style deli, Rose's specialized in enormous deli-sized sandwiches and amazing desserts. Rose's vacated Portland in the early 1990s, but now it has outposts in suburban Sherwood and Vancouver. Reading about Rose's made me realize I need to take my teenage son there--it's right up his alley! Do any other Portlanders remember going to the old Rose's?
The old Rose's restaurant on NW 23rd
- Portland Rose Society
- Rose Show
- Rose City Park and neighborhood
- Rose Garden Arena: Now called the MODA Center, Portland's largest sports and entertainment centers once was named after our roses. Until last year, it was one of the few last National Basketball Association facilities that had not sold its naming rights. Sadly no more. Most people still call it the Rose Garden.
- Raven & Rose Restaurant, an English-style pub, got some great publicity last fall when it was used as a filming spot for Grimm (read about Grimm in G is for Grimm and greenspaces).
The beautiful building housing
the Raven & Rose
|Willamette River (taken on one of my lunchtime walks)|
|River at night|
|The mighty Columbia--Oregon is on the right, and Washington on the left|
Read about the lovely Columbia Gorge in J is for Just Minutes Away.
|Native Americans fishing at Celilo Falls|
But in 1957, the falls and nearby settlements were submerged by construction for The Dalles Dam. Although the tribes received some compensation, their economic livelihoods were shattered, and history was lost forever.
Portland is on all sorts of lists as one of the country's (or even the world's) greenest cities, and this is partly due to Portland's dedication to recycling. After all, Oregon was the first state in the country to enact a bottle bill in 1971 (we pay a deposit when we buy bottled or canned beverages and receive the money back when we return them).
The City of Portland has a goal to reduce waste and raise the recycling rate to 75 percent by 2015. Not only do we recycle the usual newspaper and glass, but we also recycle yard waste, mixed paper, and some plastics, and we even compost food waste. Garbage is picked up every other week to encourage recycling and composting. Businesses are also required to recycle.
We are so obsessive about our recycling that, of course, Portlandia made a sketch about how to sort your recycling.
Read my other A to Z posts here, and stay tuned for tomorrow: Storm Large, the Simpsons, and sports.