Stumptown, Rip City, Bridge City…Portland has many nicknames but City of Roses evokes a beauty familiar to many Portlanders.
In 1888, thousands of a large pink variety of French hybrid tea rose called Madame Caroline Testout was planted along 20 miles of Portland street fronts in preparation for the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. It is thought that visitors of a church convention who saw the roses in 1888 initially called Portland The City of Roses.
In 1907, both the Rose City Park neighborhood and Rose Parade were created, and during WWI, a large garden of European roses was established at Washington Park called the International Rose Test Garden.
Because of our mild climate, roses are easy to grow here and Portlanders have embraced the rose theme: Royal Rosarians, The Rose Garden Arena (Moda Center), the Rose Quarter, and three professional sports teams called the Rosebuds-in fact the hockey Rosebuds were the first American team to compete for the Stanley Cup!
Flag Day has a rich history of state and local events celebrating Old Glory. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed a national Flag Day, but it wasn't until 1949 when President Harry S. Truman signed off on an Act of Congress officially making June 14 the federal observance of Flag Day.
At Elmer's Flag and Banner, Kites Too! we carry American flags in many sizes and materials as well as the City of Portland flag and rose themed house banners. Make June the month to show your love of country and city by adorning your home with our American-made flags.
Elmer's Flag & Banner, Kites Too
1332 NE Broadway Portland, OR 97232