Thursday, May 26

International Test Rose Garden-Portland

The Portland International Test Rose Garden is located right in the center of the city in Washington Park, which is also the home to the Oregon Zoo, The Japanese Gardens and many of Portland's most popular attractions.

The garden is free to the general public and is located on four acres of land. It is home to 10,000 Roses. Portland is known as the "City of Roses" and even has its own "Rose Festival" and many other smaller Rose gardens around the city. Most Roses start to bloom here from May to June, with many blooming all the way to late fall so there is always something to see here.

Rose beds are long, oblong and pathways are grassy. Warning signs are posted everywhere. Don't even think about picking any of the blooms. There is a $500 fine.

I love the old fashion English Roses. Perhaps they remind me of my English roots. In the house where I grew up, the garden was a formal Rose garden that included Tree Roses.

Pretty in Pink. A mass of lovely pink blooms. As a side note dogs that are leashed are allowed in the garden.

A lovely view of the Rose Garden. There are also a few smaller theme gardens where you will find plants other than Roses. If you are visiting Portland, you must add the Rose Garden to your list of sites to visit.
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