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International Rose Test Garden


The International Rose Test Garden is a kind of mecca for us rose lovers. This article is kind of a follow up to the Portland Rose Garden visit from June 2011. I was able to get back to this fantastic city again in early July 2012, and the blooms were much better! How'd you like to have this as a backyard:

International Rose Test Garden

Some of the breeds were a little faded out, but many still had some solid blooms. From what I could tell, the weather may have been playing some havoc with the bloom times too.

International Rose Test Garden A look downward toward downtown and the mountains east of the city.

This is the oldest public test garden in the US, and is home to hundreds of varietys, ARS Winners and experimental varieties. The moderate climate is excellent for roses. Its really a beautiful place. On a clear day you can see Mt. Hood, although its not too often in Portland. It also overlooks the downtown areas nicely. Also, the normally overcast skies, while not the most pleasant to look at, makes photography here outstanding. This day was beautiful but sunny, so not great for photos. Be sure to make time to visit the Oregon Zoo and the Japanese Botanical Garden, which are also great areas for flowers as well. Just a note of caution, its a bit of a hike up to the top so bring your walking shoes. There's also a public bus and tram stop that's close by.

International Rose Test GardenSome nice looking climbers

Lots of the residential areas around the garden have plenty of their own private gardens, and there are sometimes neighborhood garden walks organized. Definitely recommended for the rose lovers out there!


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