PORTLAND'S ROSE GARDEN
It was on Monday, the 23rd of June 2008 when Nena and I were brought by our
hosts, Ronnie & Mila Tandingan, to the International Rose Test Garden in
Portland, Oregon. The couple have been long-time residents of Portland where
Ronnie is an architect and Mila a registered nurse.
The rose garden which is in Washington Park has 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. When the roses are in bloom the
park area comes to life with more than just the color of the flowers, and our
short visit to Portland last June was just very timely.
This rose garden is one of the oldest continually running rose test gardens in
the United States and throughout the world and exemplifies Portland's nickname
of the City of Roses. As a rose test garden, Portland's garden receives hundreds
of roses each year for testing to determine their resistance to disease, their
color, and many other specific rose attributes.
Five acres in Washington Park were set aside here as a rose-growing test garden
in 1917. During World War I, the Portland Rose Garden became a haven for
varieties European growers feared would be destroyed during the bombing. The
roses are planted in rows, and it's easy to get up close to "smell the roses,"
or to capture their beauty at close range with your camera, and it appeals most
to gardeners, photographers, and visitors.
The Rose Garden of Portland features multiple gardens with many kinds of
flowers, though of course roses are the most prominent. The Royal Rosarian
Garden is full of roses meant to honor goodwill ambassadors and greeters from
the yearly Rose Festival and parade. A rose variety is dedicated to each new
ambassador and showcased in the Royal Rosarian Garden. The Miniature Rose Garden
in the Portland Rose Garden tests miniature roses, while the Gold Medal Garden
is home to roses which have won awards and is a popular place for wedding
ceremonies. The Shakespeare Garden is where rose lovers will find a collection
of flowers and plants mentioned in the literary works of William Shakespeare.
Nearby is an amphitheater which hosts many events throughout the year,
predominantly classical music concerts and a few plays. During good weather the
amphitheater is popular with picnickers. The Queens Walk is a brick walkway at
the side of the garden with a bronze star honoring each Rose Festival queen
I did bring my Nikon during our visit to the Rose Garden and the photographs I
took should tell you how beautiful the roses were. To view the photographs, just
click on the link shown below:
Portland's Rose Garden
Enjoy the beautiful roses ...