Monday, November 10, 2014

International Rose Test Garden - #GBFling14

Leaving the Portland Japanese Garden
you descend to the International Rose Test Garden.

You pass through a curtain of evergreens,

and catch a glimpse of Portland in the distance below the Garden.

Looking back from where you've been
there is no evidence of the Japanese Garden in the hill above.

There is a lovely water feature/sculpture that attracted children and adults,
especially on the hot summer day.

There are many paths to choose to explore.

One of which leads to the Gold Medal Garden, 
where the Gold Award roses live.

There is a greeter here too. Did you see him?

I had to take a selfie with him.

Below is an image of the plaque in front of the greeter's feet.
It's a little difficult to read because of the lighting, sorry.

Looking out over the expanse of roses and plants.

Corona Tools had a display and information 
about some of their loppers and other tools.
One of the bloggers had a chance to try one of them out
on a very thick branch. She sliced through it like it was butter.
Corona Tools also gave each of us a really nice,
sturdy scoop in our swag bag. Thanks @CoronaTools!

Time ran short and I missed shooting close-ups,
so I've included shots of two beautiful roses below from a previous visit.

The Rose Garden is a place I'd enjoy returning.
Our next stop on this Fling is the McMenamins Kennedy School,
a really lovely repurposed school building and grounds.

Until next time,
Happy Gardening!

~Kit Aerie-el


  1. Nice post. I enjoyed the test garden. Seems wrong to visit Portland and not visit a rose garden.

  2. We visited the rose garden the first time we went to Portland a couple of years ago. So many beautiful roses.

  3. You took beautiful pictures of the rose garden! I didn't realize there were trees so tall surrounding it.

  4. Sitting here waiting for an ice storm to hit (my work and Portland in general cowering at the feet of King Winter), it feels almost strange to revisit that hot July day when we visited the gardens. Thanks for a lovely tour through your eyes!


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