Yesterday I was delighted to attend the dedication of two heritage roses planted at Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon. It was a lovely ceremony and a unique opportunity to tour a National Historic Landmark. If you have a moment, I’d love to share a bit of Oregon history with you. (Yes, I am a proud native Oregonian.)
First, the Roses
When pioneers came to Oregon in the mid 1800s via the Oregon Trail or around the Horn, they brought with them their beloved roses. The celebration Thursday commemorated the planting of two heritage Moss roses on courthouse grounds. The heritage roses are a project of the Northwest Rose Historians:
Northwest Rose Historians is an unstructured group of rosarians dedicated to preserving our region’s oldest blooms dating from early settlement days of the Oregon Territory through the first decades of the 20th century. What began as restoration of the Pioneer Rose Garden in Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland, Oregon, has blossomed into a passion for saving and honoring heritage roses scattered about the Northwest that are on the verge of being lost for all time.
Northwest Rose Historians re-introduces heritage roses into public spaces that are centers of the communities in which these roses were first planted. Linking living history to present day reinforces community identity and ‘sense of place’ while entrusting old roses to future generations.