June 20, 2014

Our Visit To Portland's International Rose Test Garden

To continue with my tour of Portland, Oregon, I'd like to take you on a stroll through the magnificent International Rose Test Garden.  That marine west coast climate region is ideal for growing roses outdoors because of its warm, dry summers and rainy but mild winters, and its heavy clay soils.  Roses bloom in Portland from April through October, with the peak time being in June, so the timing of our visit was perfect!  The Rose Test Garden has an interesting history and I've explained it in the photo captions.  The people of Portland are very serious about their roses and this garden exemplifies Portland's nickname of the City of Roses!