Portland..City of Roses

It's Wednesday morning, and we are sitting at a corner coffee shop by the university, a cool breeze blowing now - but we are told to expect temperatures in the high 90's here today. We are heading out to the Rose Garden and Japanese Gardens in Washington Park in just a few minutes. Today is a "free" day, with nothing on the itinerary other than soaking up the plants, roses and local culture. Here are just a few pictures from yesterday while we were on the bus tour sponsored by Kelloggs Garden Products. We started out at 7am, first stop was the Portland Zoo. They opened the gates two hours early for us and we were treated to a behind the scenes look at the horticulture department as well as the innovative ways they use all the "waste" that is produced a daily basis. The "Guru of Zoo-doo" was not only informative, but entertaining as well. We also visited three wholesale growing grounds, and a vineyard. More to follow......... too much to see, too little time.

The "Guru of Zoo-Doo" giving his presentation.