Friday, August 24, 2018

Scenes from the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon

International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon is the oldest in the USA.

Established in 1917, the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon is the oldest continually growing public rose test garden in the nation. Situated in the "City of Roses," the garden was created to save species of roses from being lost to bombings during WWI. The garden is a lovely and vibrant maze of roses:

A maze of roses welcomes visitors to the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon.
A maze of roses welcomes visitors to the International Rose Test Garden in Portland.
The International Rose Test Garden is home to over 10,000 plants. The garden began receiving plants from growers in England and Ireland in 1918. Today, it is a place to test out new varietals that will soon become commercially available and a haven for rose admirers.

Roses in every shape and color uplift the spirit and invite wonder at the International Rose Test Garden in Portland.
Roses in every shape and color uplift the spirit and invite wonder.
Slowing Down and Taking in the Moment:

There are a few sculptural elements in the garden including one that you can walk through. This particular sculpture was donated by the family of Frank L. Beach who has been credited with coining the name of  "City of Roses" for Portland. The memorial was created by Portland artist Lee Kelly. Walking through a piece of art really helps you pause and take in the essence of where you are. Adults enjoy these elements but I am sure they really leave impressions on children because they present art that they can touch.

Taking in the moment at the Frank L. Beach Memorial.
Taking in the moment.
As we walked through, we could not help but be captivated by these beautiful and delicate blooms. The number of blooms and range of hues definitely beckon for exploring. Before arriving, I thought that I would not be taking pictures. However, I quickly fell in love with the balance of color and shape in each bloom. So, I had to take pictures.........

Fuschia rose at the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon



Small bloom in a sea of green at the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon.


Lovely salmon colored rose at the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon.


The International Rose Test Garden provided us with an evening escape full of lovely scents and nature's graceful art. Such a splendid way to spend an evening!

Tips to Enjoy the International Rose Test Garden:

  • The garden is free to explore in April-October. 
  • It is located in Portland's Washington Park which encompasses quite a number of other attractions including the Oregon Zoo, Hoyt Arboretum, World Forestry Center, Portland Children's Museum, Portland Japanese Garden and more. 
  • Washington Park is on the Portland Light Rail Service which we found to be an easy way to get around.
  • If you choose to drive, you can check the website to see how likely it is parking is available.
  • There is a garden shop and we also spotted a food truck near the entrance.
  • Bring a long some water. The garden is in open sun, so be prepared if it is a super-hot day.
Exploring the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon enjoying thousands of blooms and beautiful scents.

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