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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - If you grow beautiful roses you can enter the Royal Rosarian Rose Garden Contest, to be judged by Royal Rosarians. Deadline for applications is May 22.

The Royal Rosarians, ambassadors of goodwill and official greeters for the city of Portland, have announced the opening of its 76th annual Rose Garden Contest.

The contest promotes greater appreciation of growing roses and honors the citizens who help beautify the Portland area through their rose growing efforts.

John Linngren, owner of Lake Oswego Ace Hardware, is the chair of this year’s Rose Garden Contest. The contest is open to all rose growers within 20 miles of Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, as verified by electronic mapping systems. No garden club membership is required to enter. Judging is based on design and layout of roses, soil condition, pruning, maintenance, vigor and bloom quality. The categories of the competition include informal rose plantings, miniature rose plantings, commercial rose gardens and plantings and formal rose gardens. Some competition divisions require as few as 12 roses, others require 25 or more.

Full details and applications can be found online at royalrosarianfoundation.org or by calling Linngren at 503-244-7494. Applications must be postmarked by May 22. Onsite judging will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 1 and June 17 the awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Rosarian Garden in the Washington Park International Rose Test Garden.

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