Portland, the city of roses.
Did you know that in 1905 Portland had over 200 miles of roads lined with roses?
International Rose Garden
We visited in late September. Not the best time of year for a rose garden and was still highly impressed with the variety and health of the garden. Located in Washington Park, the International Rose Garden is free to the public and pruning is maintained by the Portland Rose Society. What I loved most was the history of the garden, how popular rose varieties have changed over time and the care taken for so many years to preserve the history of rose varieties. The garden was started in 1918 after a request to preserve Europe’s rose varieties with the onset of World War I. More information on the history.
The garden has many sections, to know more see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Rose_Test_Garden.
So many still in bloom!
Taking time to smell the roses
A long view
One of my favorites for its foliage and color ‘Bougain Feel Ya’ Shrub rose