Roses Bloom in Portland, Oregon

Tess IronsStarred Page By Tess Irons, 11th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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One of my favorite places in Portland, Oregon is Rose Garden. Spring is almost here and that means Rose Garden will soon be full of different colorful roses. Let me give you a tour inside this beautiful botanical garden.

Overview

Portland is known as the City of Roses. This is true because the city dedicates hundreds of acres of land for the growth of roses. There are many places in Portland, Oregon where roses can be found, but the largest one is the International Rose Test Garden, or simply called Rose Garden, located at 400 SW Kingston Ave., Portland, OR 97205. Here, you will find several hundreds of rose species, with different colors, shapes, sizes, and fragrances.

Its History

In 1917, some nurserymen who were native of Portland came up with an idea for a rose test garden. Through the cooperation of Portland Parks and Recreation and the American Rose Society, the project came into fruition. Groups of rose lovers volunteered and started to work having 20 miles of streets bordered with roses.

Jessie Curvey, the president of Portland's Rose Society during that time, petitioned for the city of Portland to be the safe haven for hybrid roses grown in Europe during World War I for fear that these roses could be destroyed as a result of the ongoing war. Foreign hybrists then started to send roses for test. Now, the garden takes its pride as America's oldest and still existing public rose test garden. It is where new breeds of roses are tested for qualities, colors, fragrances, resistance, or even diseases.

Take a Tour with Me

Measuring 4.5 acres, Rose Garden faces downtown Portland and the Willamette River. On a real nice day, Mount Hood and the Cascade Mountain are highly visible.

Inside the garden, there is an amphitheater that hosts several events throughout the year, mostly concerts and plays. The ampitheater also accommodates picnics on good weathers, mostly during summer. The garden is divided into sub-gardens to differentiate one specie from another. The Shakespeare Garden includes botanicals and sun-loving plants surrounded by an abundant amount of shades by the trees. The rose varieties in this garden are named after the characters of Shakespeare's plays. There is a formal walkway with raised sitting areas that are used for special occasions such as small weddings and anniversaries. The Gold Medal Garden is a formal garden with award-winning roses, walkways, gazebo, and a fountain. This is a very popular venue for weddings. The Royal Rosarian Garden pays tribute to all goodwill ambassadors who serve at the annual Rose Festival events. A rose is planted for each of the highest ranking Rosarian Prime Minister. There is also a Miniature Garden, which is one of the six testing grounds for the American Rose Society. This garden is very popular for the unique varieties of roses planted in it.

Roses are in bloom anytime from April through October, and they are in their peak in June. I visit Rose Garden almost every year.

Rose Garden Store

The store opened in 2000, carrying its own variety of mementos that have garden and rose themes. These items are ideal as souvenirs that can be kept or given away to friends. Some of these items are gloves, soap, lotion, candles, framed pictures, and other things that will make your visit to the garden a very memorable one. The store, which also serves as the garden's Visitor Information Center, is being run by the Portland Rose Festival Foundation volunteers. It is a non-profit organization, and all proceeds are applied to support the maintenance of the Rose Garden.


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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Roses are the symbol of love and have been used for romantic get togethers all around the world.
Get some of the best roses in the region.
Shakespearean gardens are pretty. Would love to see Twelfth Night enacted out there. Love the Character of Malvolio and the cross gartered stockings. May make it more dramatic by giving his character a rose to hold too.
Gardens are great places to recreate and are seats of romanticism irrespective of size, shape or size.
Personally I love just one Rose, the Deep Red One and always hold just one close to me whenever I perform. I call it the Adonis Rose....
Should have added Seal's Kiss from a Rose with it. Its pretty and would go well with the loving scent in the Air.

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author avatar Tess Irons
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks for your comment, Lady Aiyanna. It's very much appreciated.

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author avatar Buzz
11th Mar 2012 (#)

You're on a roll, dear Tess. Shining star page for the 3 roses. Yessss! Take care.

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author avatar Tess Irons
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you, Buzz. I enjoyed writing this because I love roses. You take care too.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Mar 2012 (#)

As Buzz said, Tess, you are definitely on a roll. Another perfect Star article with some really great pictures of roses. Of course, you are quite photogenic yourself :-))

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author avatar Tess Irons
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks, Jerry. It's always nice to see you visiting my page. I appreciate it. Thanks for the compliment too.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Breath-taking thank you:0)

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author avatar Tess Irons
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks, Delicia. I'm glad you like it.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Beautifully done. Great photos. Beautiful sisters!

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author avatar Tess Irons
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks so much, Steve. I appreciate your regular visit. Thanks also for the compliment.

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author avatar Retired
11th Mar 2012 (#)

loved these quiet and gorgeous flowers

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author avatar Tess Irons
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks, writingforfun. I'm so glad you like this article.

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author avatar Retired
11th Mar 2012 (#)

I would really love o have pictures of blue green and black roses have you any

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author avatar Tess Irons
11th Mar 2012 (#)

I have not seen roses with those colors. I don't think they exist.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
11th Mar 2012 (#)

i dont know what to say...your personal experiences and activities both make an informative article

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author avatar Tess Irons
11th Mar 2012 (#)

That's true, kabz. I make pasyal and learn too. I enjoy it.

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author avatar Retired
11th Mar 2012 (#)

oh no they do some gardens have them on bloom yeah

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author avatar Mikey.
11th Mar 2012 (#)

I love roses too Tess,They are so fragrant in the evening in the home garden.

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author avatar Tess Irons
11th Mar 2012 (#)

It's good to know that you love roses, Mikey. Indeed they are fragrant. Thanks for reading this.

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author avatar avery sandiego
11th Mar 2012 (#)

you are as blooming as your roses here, mam tess...

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author avatar Tess Irons
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Wow, thank you, Avery. How nice of you to say that. Wala kong barya eh.

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author avatar Retired
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Beautiful roses, I more and more wish to visit that part of the states :) Thank you for the lovely photos and information!

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author avatar Tess Irons
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks, Dee. Yes, there are many reasons why you have to visit Oregon. Come over and enjoy. We have nice weather here.

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author avatar richellet
12th Mar 2012 (#)

Love it Tess. Just read this article got busy the whole work week. Congrats sa star page :)

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author avatar Tess Irons
14th Mar 2012 (#)

It's nice to hear from you, Rich. Thanks for taking the time to drop by amidst your busy schedule.

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author avatar Denise O
12th Mar 2012 (#)

Tess, I have been sneezing for days because of my allergies to so many flowers and even grass.UGH! LOL
It is a absolute pleasure to read about the rose garden in Portland Oregon. The photos are gorgeous! Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Tess Irons
14th Mar 2012 (#)

I'm sorry about the allergies, Denise. Too bad, you won't enjoy the spring. At least this article made you happy. Thanks for the comment.

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author avatar Christine Crowley
14th Mar 2012 (#)

Wow! I have never been to Portland but if I do go - it will definitely be at rose-blooming time. Thank you for this informative and beautiful article.

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author avatar Tess Irons
14th Mar 2012 (#)

You're welcome, Christine. I'm sure you will enjoy visiting the Rose Garden. Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar Mabel
7th Apr 2012 (#)

Excellent writing, Tess. You definitely gave me a tour at Rose Garden. Thanks for sharing.

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