Last week as we meandered our way from Washington back to Northern California we decided to stop at the International Rose Test Garden located in Portland, Oregon. Located in Washington Park in Portland’s West Hills, this garden includes more than 10,000 plantings of over 500 varieties of roses. (what can I say? some people stop at rest stops, I find rose gardens..) We had a lovely time walking along the pathways, ohhing & ahhing over the beautiful roses. Sure enough it was raining, but that didn’t stop us!
“There are over 7,000 rose plants of approximately 550 varieties. The roses bloom from April through October with the peak coming in June, depending on the weather. New rose cultivars are continually sent to the garden from many parts of the world and are tested for color, fragrance, disease resistance and other attributes. It is the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States and exemplifies Portland’s nickname of the City of Roses.” – Wikipedia