Portland, Oregon calls itself The Rose City. The Portland Rose Garden - perched upon a hillside to the west of downtown has a world wide reputation for its beauty. Many of the city's smaller parks also sport roses - and there are private rose gardens everywhere you turn - even in the most modest of neighborhoods.
Yet nothing prepared me for the surprise that my niece, Sarah, revealed in this charming little area she's just moved into. A large area of small, wood framed homes north of the Willamette River. After lunch (described in yesterday's post) - we drove about a dozen blocks to where she introduced me to the North Portland Peninsula Rose Garden. A formal garden amidst a working class neighborhood. This is a masterpiece of horticulture that could be considered world class in its own right. I was dazzled. A diamond set in brass. Nicely polished brass.
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