6 To Sustain Tradition
What: A blaze of redolent roses
Where: Washington Park (Southwest Portland)
Who: Sherrol and Robert Butler
IT TOOK 20 YEARS OF PRODDING from her mother-in-law before Sherrol took up the rarified hobby of growing prize roses, but today the active member of the 122-year-old Portland Rose Society wins awards for favored grandifloras and floribundas like ‘Candelabra’ and ‘Marmalade Skies’ (both pictured flanking the front walk).
Floral Philosophy: “Use ’em or lose ’em.” Sherrol’s favorite thing to do with blooms from her 200 or so bushes is “cutting them and giving them away”—and since she and her husband are both real estate agents, they put cut arrangements in clients’ homes, too.
Secret Weapon: Every morning Sherrol walks three blocks to the International Rose Test Garden, where she finds the park’s chief horticulturalist, Harry Landers, making his rounds. “I chat with him almost every day,” Sherrol says, “and what he does, I go home and do.”