Stop and Smell the Roses! Yvonne Boisvert, has been a very loyal customer to Paperjam Press and is a little ray of sunshine when she walks through our door. It’s always wonderful to hear and see how much work she does for the community through her volunteer work at the Peninsula Park Rose Garden. Here’s her lovely story:
“After moving to Portland in 2008 and exploring several nearby parks, I promptly fell in love with Peninsula Park Rose Garden. Volunteering during bloom season was truly a joyful experience. In 2012, I joined two fellow Master Gardeners, who also loved the Rose Garden, to create the Garden’s Friends Group. With the help of our fantastic volunteers and Portland Parks, we’ve planted 6,000+ new, disease-resistant roses since 2012.
Today, the Garden is blooming with more vibrant colors and healthier rose plants than ever before. And we are creating a long-term strategic plan to ensure the Garden is preserved for future generations.
Yet, public gardens and parks are about more than blooms and green spaces – they are about building community through access to healthy recreation, beautiful surroundings and fulfilling volunteer work. Friends of the Garden actively support the community, including Sunday Parkways, Peninsula Park Community Center events, the annual Parke Diem volunteer weekend, as well as several local businesses.
On Sunday, August 2, we’ll join the Portland Festival Symphony in co-hosting children’s crafts and activities in the Rose Garden from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. And on Sunday, August 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friends will present the first annual Art in the Rose Garden Exhibit, where the public will be able to view and purchase the creations of more than 20 talented local artists.
When the Rose Garden first opened in 1913, it was described as a strolling garden and so it remains today. Please come and stroll among the roses, the children’s craft tables and artists’ booths at these two special August events!”
Always make time to stop and smell the roses! You deserve it 😉