The intersection of a birthday and Oregon sunshine equals a walk in the park. Washington Park in Portland’s SW. Within Washington Park are many other Portland wonders, chief among them Hoyt Arboretum and the International Rose Test Garden
“Hoyt Arboretum as a living collections museum plays an important role in serving the community in understanding biodiversity, conservation, education and research. Hoyt is home to over 130 plant families and 1,248 species – 62 of which are listed globally threatened or endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).”
The International Rose Test Garden: “Founded in 1917 and located in Portland, Oregon, the oldest continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. There are over 7,000 rose plants of approximately 550 varieties.”
The Rose Garden was unspeakably beautiful, with bursts and rows and walls of color to admire.
Cataracts may have obscured her view of the beauty in our midst, but Biscuit’s interest in the newly discovered scents of the Rose Garden was in high gear. Beauty is in the eye (or in this case, the nose) of the beholder.
Birthday dinner at Mother’s Bistro & Bar with Lynn and Jack. Our special guest was their grandson, Easton, who received the award for the most creatively designed food dish. We appreciated his eye for design.
Mother’s. Gilded mirrors and crystal chandeliers. Reminded me of a miniature version of the over-the-top glitz of NYC’s Tavern on the Green, now only a sweet but distant memory.
Of all the calls, cards, emails, lunches, dinners and Facebook Friends’ wishes, the best was a call from my son, KC, who lives and works in Montana. A call without prompting. A mother’s dream.
Mother’s has a way describing that, as well.
Mother’s Bistro & Bar, 212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204, 503.464.1122