Milwaukie Rose Garden wins award

From: Beth Byrne, Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-4353

Media and Interested Parties

The Sara Hite Memorial Rose Garden in Milwaukie has been recognized with an award from the Royal Rosarian Foundation in their annual Royal Rosarian Rose Garden Contest.

The Royal Rosarians are goodwill ambassadors for the city of Portland, promoting the best interests of the city and the Portland Rose Festival. Their annual contest began in 1938 to recognize amateur rose gardens and commercial plantings that help beautify Portland by growing the “queen of flowers.”

The judging was completed on June 3 and winners were honored at an awards ceremony and reception held at the Royal Rosarian Rose Garden on June 19.

Planned and built by the Friends of the Milwaukie Center over a 10-year period, the Sara Hite Memorial Rose Garden features over 450 rose bushes, brick walkways, seating benches, a 3,000-square-foot plaza, and an 800-square-foot gazebo.

The Rose Garden is owned by the city of Milwaukie and is maintained by North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD), Friends of the Milwaukie Center, and volunteers. The dedicated group of volunteers is led by Harry Landers, former botanic specialist and curator of the International Rose Test Garden.

Named for a former Milwaukie Center director, the one-acre hidden gem is nestled immediately south of the Milwaukie Center and across from North Clackamas Park. It is an excellent venue for weddings, cultural events and other community gatherings.

The Rose Garden is available for public use and enjoyment between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Visit http://bit.ly/2KYp8H2 or call 503-794-8013 for information on renting the facility.

For more information, members of the public may contact NCPRD’s Melina DeFrancesco at mdefrancesco@ncprd.com or 503-742-4347.