1 Here I am happily standing in the Washington Park Rose Test Garden. I wish you smell the intoxicating fragrance of this place!
2 Washington Park is home to several wonderful exhibits. I've already given you a tour of the serene Japanese Garden and now I will share the Rose Garden.
3 The International Rose Test Garden has 4.5 acres in several tiers facing downtown Portland, the Willamette River, and East Portland. On clear days there are views of the Cascade Mountains, with Mount Hood featured prominently.
4 Of course, I loved this boxwood hedging!
5 Many roses had name plaques and this one is 'Whisper', a hybrid tea rose with classically formed flowers of creamy white.
6 'Radiant Perfume' is a grandiflora of stunning deep yellow that exudes a strong, citrus perfume.
7 I couldn't see a plaque for this large bloom, but I loved its form.
8 And also this one
9 The gardens run right into an outdoor amphitheater, where concerts, readings, and other cultural events are held.
10 That's Daisy down there on the stage of the amphitheater.
11 Portland has long had a love affair with roses. In 1888, Georgiana Burton Pittock, wife of publisher Henry Pittock, invited her friends and neighbors to exhibit their roses in a tent set up in her garden; thus the Portland Rose Society was established.
12 Madame Caroline Testout was a late 19th century French dressmaker from Grenoble, the proprietor of fashionable salons in London and Paris. She regularly purchased silks from Lyon, which was an important center for rose breeding.
13 The nurseryman Joseph Pernet-Ducher was called 'The Wizard of Lyon' due to his success in developing hybrid tea roses. Madame Testout was an astute businesswoman and understood the value of good publicity. She asked Perner-Ducher to name one of his new roses after her.
14 He agreed, but considered her choice of seedling to be mediocre. The 'Madame Caroline Testout' rose made its debut at the salon's 1890 spring fashion show. It was not strong on scent, but became an immediate success with Madame Testout's well to do customers, as well as the gardening public for its abundant silky, rose-pink flowers.
15 The new variety's popularity spread to America, and in Portland, nearly half a million bushes of 'Caroline Testout' were planted along the sidewalks.
16 By 1905 Portland had 200 miles of rose-bordered streets which helped attract visitors to the Lewis and Clark Centennial celebration. Portland came to be known as the 'City of Roses'.
17 'Lagerfeld' is a highly fragrant grandiflora with a unique lavender color.
18 'Spellbound', a hybrid tea, is coral pink with a mild, spicy fragrance.
19 'Eden' is a climber rose with large, old-fashioned double blooms in an unusual blend of pastel pinks, creams, and yellow. Simply gorgeous!
20 A very festive bloom
21 'Heart of Gold' is a beautiful large flowered hybrid tea with a warm, ripe peach fragrance.
22 'Iceberg' is one of the best Floribunda roses, bearing large clusters of medium-sized, lightly double, pure white blooms. It flowers continuously from early in the season, often well into the winter.
23 'Carding Mill' is an English rose bred by David C. H. Austin. This lovely rose combines shades of pink and yellow and are deep apricot inside when they first open. The blossoms have a rich myrrh perfume.
24 This stunning rose is 'Munstead Wood', an English old rose hybrid, is highly fragrant with a rich, velvety crimson color.
25 'Midnight Blue' is a shrub rose, bearing velvet purple blossoms that have an unusual spice-clove fragrance.
26 There are very mature trees throughout the garden.
27 Just beautiful!
28 It's utterly amazing just how many flowers this bush has produced!
29 'Julia Child' was named after the great American French chef. Julia would appreciate this floribunda's combination of butter-yellow and fragrant anise!
30 'Wild Blue Yonder' has fully double blooms shaped like Camellia flowers, boasting an enticing fragrance that combines zesty citrus with old fashioned rose scent.
31 I wish I knew the name of this one!
32 'Dortmund Climber' is bright red, with a white eye and somewhat ruffled blooms.
33 In 1915, Jesse A. Currey, a rose hobbyist and Sunday editor of the Oregon Journal, convinced Portland city officials to institute a rose test garden to serve as a safe haven during World War I for hybrid roses grown in Europe.
34 Rose lovers feared that these unique plants would be destroyed in the bombings. The Park Bureau approved the idea in 1917 and by early 1918, hybridists from England began to send roses.
35 In 1921 Florence Holmes Gerke, the landscape architect for the city of Portland, was charged with designing the International Rose Test Garden and the amphitheater.
36 The garden was dedicated in June 1924. Currey was appointed as the garden's first rose curator and served in that capacity until his death in 1927.
37 'Moondance' is a florabunda that offers large trusses of creamy white flowers and a raspberry fragrance.
38 'Queen Elizabeth' is a great pink colored Grandiflora that has maintained its place in the top 10 roses for the last 40 years and is one of the favorite roses among rose breeders across the world.
39 Founded in 1912, the Royal Rosarian Garden is home to the namesake roses of all past Prime Ministers of the Royal Rosarians, a civic group which serves as the official greeters and goodwill ambassadors for the City of Portland. Members are 'knighted' into the organization under their chosen variety of rose, which is then their 'namesake' rose.
40 Established in 1975, the Miniature Rose Garden is one of only six testing grounds for the American Rose Society (ARS) miniature rose test program. The national annual winners from both ARS and AARS associations are displayed in the middle of the garden along the center aisle.
41 The Shakespeare Garden was originally intended to include only herbs, trees, and flowers mentioned in William Shakespeare's plays. Today, it continues to honor the Bard with roses named after characters in his plays.
42 The informal design features graceful trees, brick walks and hundreds of annuals and perennials besides roses. Over the years, this garden has been the site for hundreds of weddings and it's a favorite spot for picnics.
43 The focal point of the garden is the Shakespeare Memorial, a brick wall with a plaque featuring Shakespeare’s image and his quote, "Of all flowers methinks a rose is best."
44 The plaque was donated by the LaBarre Shakespeare Club and was dedicated on April 23, 1946, the 382nd anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. In 1957 the club added a sundial to the garden.
45 There is a beautiful fountain in the Shakespeare garden.
46 The Gold Medal Rose Garden features Gold Award roses and it was dedicated in June 1970. In 1991, the Portland Rose Society donated the pavilion which overlooks these award-winning roses.
47 Today this garden is the oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States with over 6,800 rose plants representing over 600 varieties. The Test Garden received The Garden of Excellence Award from the World Federation of Rose Societies in 2006.
48 'Liebeszauber' is a wonderful red hybrid tea. This vigorous, hardy plant produces wonderful, long-stemmed clear dark red flowers with a nice spiral center.
49 'South Africa' grandiflora is a gorgeous rich glowing amber, large double bloom.
50 'Port Sunlight' is an English shrub rose bred by David C. H. Austin.
51 'Aperitif', a hybrid tea, has glowing, well-formed, yellow blooms on long, strong stems and a light fragrance.
52 Here I am taking in all of the splendor!
53 'Chris Evert', named for the American tennis champion, is another hybrid tea having a vivid cantaloupe color, edged with blushing red and a fruity fragrance
54 'Voluptuous', a hybrid tea, produces full-bodied blooms with exceptionally high centers, cupped petals, and a satiny, deep fuchsia color.
55 'Sweetness' is a lavender grandiflora that has a strong citrus aroma.