Portland International Rose Test Garden
400 SW Kingston Ave. — Portland, OR — 503-823-3636
Oct. 1, 2015 – There’s no better place than here to understand why Portland is nicknamed the City of Roses. At the entrance you get a view of the city skyline with Mt. Hood as a backdrop. This is just the start of the treats to be found here, all delightful to see and smell.
It was especially cool since I was able to share this day with my good friend, Judy, another solo woman RVer – I always have fun when our paths cross!
We took pictures of each other of the dozens of times we stopped to smell the intoxicating roses. It also cracked us up that we both wound up wearing purple tops and white jackets that day – promise we didn’t plan it that way!
Many paths to explore with row upon row of roses – good luck trying to say which color is the prettiest!
Unbelievable shades of purples, pinks, reds, yellows, whites set among gorgeous greenery.
The variegated colors in different stages of growth were fascinating to me – there’s just something inspiring about the tight little dark buds that burst forth in varied colors as they reach full bloom.
The contrast of the hot pink and the cool yellows were wonderful to behold. Of course, this Texas gal had to salute the yellow rose!
This blushing beauty with cream and salmon tinges was one of my favorites.
Wonderful and wondrous!
These purplish/pink samples reminded me of Victorian colors – a bit of a faded look but still glorious.
Some of the paved paths are lined with old fashioned street lights that add to the ambiance when they turn on at dusk.
The trees add majesty and other colorful bushes in the background emphasized the diverse beauty here.
The paths are easy, but there are also some steps leading to different areas of the garden. Some parts, like the Shakespeare Garden, was originally intended to include only herbs, trees and flowers mentioned in his plays and now include roses named after characters in his plays.
Architectural features like gazebos popping up are always welcome.
The sound of trickling fountains also added to the peaceful feel and pleasant sensations.
And of course fairies must live among all this beauty. We really enjoyed seeing this little precious being flitting among the flowers.
We also enjoyed the greeting from this dapper gentleman! A nearby sign explains that the Royal Rosarians have served as the Official Greeters and Ambassadors of Goodwill for the City of Portland since 1912. They have traveled worldwide spreading the slogan, “For you a rose in Portland grows.” I will always remember this.
I couldn’t agree more:
In A Garden
The kiss of the sun for pardon,
the song of the birds for mirth,
one is nearer God’s heart in a garden
than anywhere else on earth.”