Roses fill the Rose City’s Pioneer Courthouse Square for the Festival of Flowers

When hundreds of floral floats glide through Portland’s streets, it can only mean one thing: the Rose Festival has returned. The Festival of Flowers kicks off the event, and fills Pioneer Courthouse Square with approximately 20,000 flowers and plants arranged into a design that reflects aspects of the Rose City.

Every year officials select a different local artist or design firm to create a unique floral design that represents Portland. Flowers then fill Pioneer Courthouse Square in the shape of the design. This year’s theme is “Be Friendly PDX,” and features the artistic styling of Holst Architecture, using flowers provided by Whitney Farms.

The layout of the flowers is in a honeycomb shape, reflecting the architecture of bee colonies. Holst Architecture created the display to raise awareness for the important role bees play in sustaining the environment and food supply. The flowers went on display on Friday, June 3, and will be showcased until Tuesday, June 14.

In addition to the flower display in Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Festival of Flowers also offers free live performances, giveaways and activities. On Tuesday, June 7, the West Sylvan Middle School Band performed in the Square. At 12 p.m. on Monday, June 13, Montavilla Guitar Studio will put on a live performance; this studio not only performs, but also teaches guitar.

Starting at 11:30 a.m. on June 9, a performance of a different sort is scheduled. For the first time in Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Buzzworthy Beehive contest will offer hair stylists ranging from Rudy’s in the Pearl to the Paul Mitchell School of Portland the opportunity to create the best beehive hairstyle. One winner will take home the Bees Knees Trophy.

During the Buzzworthy Beehive contest, Scoop Handmade Ice Cream will be giving away 100 free scoops of ice cream to the public, beginning at 12 p.m. The scoops will go quickly, so the earlier guests arrive, the better.

Whitney Farms will also give away free honey sticks on Monday at 12 p.m., while supplies last.

On Wednesday, June 15, at 8 a.m., Whitney Farms will sell the flowers that were on display, with prices starting at 83 cents. The sale will run through Friday, June 17, or until the flowers are gone. The sale will be in Pioneer Courthouse Square, running from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Admission is free for the entire festival. For more information about the Festival of Flowers go to https://thesquarepdx.org/festival-of-flowers/.

Photo credit: Pioneer Courthouse Square

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