Rose Garden & Japanese Garden

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by ariesgirl on October 24, 2003

Take the light rail Blue line going West to Hillsboro/Gresham direction to Washington Park. You may choose to buy the six hour ticket, which can cover the shuttle bus fare. The station features an eye-opening deep earth sample displayed horizontally thousands years of geographical history.

Take the 450 feet elevator up to the park. I skipped the zoo which requires a separate ticket. Then take the shuttle bus to the Rose Garden. The proper name is "International Rose Test Garden".

Lots and lots of roses. Thousands. Different species, colours, and sizes including hybrid tea roses too. Name plates for differnt species. A shop selling many items related to rose, too.

Best to take females who are into roses there. Remember to bring a good camera and tripod if you fancy close-up pictures. Most bees have been attracted to the hot dog shop. So, little worry. The poor Oriental girl working with a dozen of bees constantly humming around her.

Next I walked to the Japanese garden just nearby. Get an exotic feel. Some of the little streams is drying up a bit but mostly it is not a bad garden. The best part is the view to see Portland from a different angle.

If you do not like to walk uphill for 5-10 minutes, get on the shuttle bus to the Japanese garden.

Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Avenue
Portland, Oregon, 97205
(503) 223-1321

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