Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden Adopt-A-Rose Program

You can honor a loved one or celebrate a special event by adopting a rose through our Adopt-A-Rose program.

The Peninsula Park Rose Garden is a favorite of many Portland residents and visitors alike. A large fountain centers this formal garden designed by Emanuel T. Mische, Portland’s first Parks commissioner. The sunken garden contains more than 6000 rose bushes, low boxwood hedges, leafy Catalpa trees, and beautiful shrub roses along the sloping walls. Our preservation plan aims to repair and restore as much of the extensive garden brickwork and masonry as possible. After all, the garden made its debut in 1913, making it Portland’s oldest rose garden. And thanks to the generosity of the Neil Kelly Family, the garden is wheelchair accessible from the North and South entrances.

By adopting a rose, you will be helping to preserve, protect and enhance the Peninsula Park Rose Garden. We are dedicated to preserving the beauty and historic nature of the garden as a living resource for the community. You may have your choice of three types of roses for adoption, each for a period of three years:

  • Climbing Rose Trellis – $300
  • Caroline Testout, Portland’s Official Rose – $400
  • Sally Holmes Wall – $500

Your contribution is tax-deductible and includes a personalized plaque with four options for text, in addition to the name and date:

  • In Honor Of
  • In Memory Of
  • In Celebration of
  • Donated By

We’ll place the commemorative plaque next to your adopted rose. Also, if your adopted rose fails to thrive, we will move your plaque to another similar variety and honor your donation for a period of three years from the date made. We will notify you when your plaque has been installed. Your donation, net of the cost of producing and installing the plaque, will go directly back into the care of the over 6000 roses in the Peninsula Park Rose Garden.