|One of the garden “rooms” at the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, OR.|
Portland is known as “The City of Roses.” This is pretty gosh-darn obvious at the International Rose Test Garden where there are 4.5 acres of more than 600 varieties of roses, adding up to over 8,000 roses. The garden overlooks the city of Portland with Mount Hood in the distance (although it was too cloudy to see Mount Hood the day we were there). It’s heaven on earth for any rose lover. Although, knowing how finicky roses can be you have to wonder about how much work must go into it! And how do they keep diseases at bay? In case you’re curious like me, they prune twice a year and spray for black spot about every two weeks.
|This rose looks like someone spilled paint on it!|
|I think this is the first lavender rose I’ve ever seen.|
|Roses, roses everywhere.|
|So much color!|
There’s some history there, as well as a PDF called “Rose Test Garden Self-Guided Tour” that is chock-full of interesting info.
|Roses climbing a lamp post.|