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August 26, 2010
by Beltway Buddy
August 14, 2005
From journal Exploring Portland, Oregon
January 3, 2004
Consisting of 5.12-acres this is the oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the US. Established in 1917, an early goal was to provide protected space from the violence of W.W.I for roses developed in Europe. "City of Roses," is an official nickname without a city resolution as the appellation is so identified with the city it was decided that none was required. The garden was a natural outgrowth of that nickname, acquired during the first of the Portland Rose Society’s rose shows, held in a tent behind Pittock Mansion in 1888. Later 200-miles of rose lined streets, planted for the 1905 World’s Fair, reinforced the image.
The garden still receives roses from abroad for test, judged on a two-year cycle for shape of both bud and flower, color through out, scent, disease resistance, and novelty. Finalists are submitted to the All-American Rose Selections as candidates for Rose of the Year. The Gold Medal portion of the garden was established in 1969 to display these winners. While there are 24 test gardens nationally, Portland is the only North American city that can present global awards of merit.
Although the growing season in Portland is much longer, being in Plant Hardiness Map Zone 7/8, the best viewing is still during summer. Come in June and combine the visit with the month long Rose Festival.
And if the rose gardens themselves aren’t enough it may interest you to know that the most common postcard views of the city with Mt. Hood in the background are taken from this hillside.
400 SW Kingston, 503-227-7033
Open: dawn to dark.
Admission: There is no fee to use this park.
Other Contacts: 503-823-PLAY or 503-823-2223v/tt, firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington Park Rose Garden Store is south of the parking area. A good source for all things rosy.
Rose Garden Children‘s Park, a large Children’s play area.
Found in the fossil record as far back as 35 million years ago, and cultivated in China as long ago as 5000 years, the rose remains one of world‘s most popular plants.
Upcoming Rose Shows
The Rose Reference Database is a fully searchable database of over 7000 varieties.
Old Rose History & Synopsis is an in depth rose history.
From journal The City of Roses, Where Livability Works
December 14, 2000
Note: If you walk a short distance outside the gardens, there is a park to the right of the property that would be great if you have small children.
From journal Weekend in Portland
Overland Park, Kansas
September 4, 2000
Besides the roses being here, you'll enjoy the view, too. I captured a great picture of Mt. Hood looming over Portland's skyscrapers with a variety of roses in the foreground.
I couldn't help but take lots of pictures. It was nice just to sit on a bench and relax. When we were there, a trio of musicians were playing for donations.
To get to the gardens, I recommend taking the MAX to Washington Park at the zoo entrance. Hike down through the park to the Japanese Gardens then onto the Rose Garden. The bus comes every few minutes and will shuttle you back to the zoo entrance where you can get back on the MAX. From there it's just a short ride to downtown to grab a bite to eat--which we did.
Our bus driver was fantastic because she knew so much about the neighborhood we were driving through. She pointed out several houses and gave us histories on them.
If you're on a tight budget and can't afford the Japanese Gardens, the Rose Garden is free to the public. Just don't pick any of the flowers! It's illegal.
Pictures are coming soon!
From journal Peaceful Portland