International Rose Test Garden

Situated in the heart of Portland, Oregon, the International Rose Test Garden is a fragrant and colorful testament to the city’s longstanding love affair with roses. With over 10,000 rose bushes spanning approximately 650 varieties, the Garden is a sight to behold, especially from April through October, when the roses are in full bloom. The vibrant display of color, form, and fragrance reaches its zenith in June, a truly mesmerizing spectacle that captivates residents and tourists alike.

The International Rose Test Garden, the oldest of its kind in continuous operation in the United States, serves a unique purpose – it’s a rigorous testing ground for new rose varieties. These specimens, sent from rose cultivators worldwide, are put through a comprehensive evaluation process. Experts analyze the roses for multiple characteristics, including resistance to disease, the formation of blooms, color, and fragrance. This process ensures that only the most exceptional roses make it to commercial availability.

Approximately 10 to 20 varieties are replaced each year, making way for some of the best new roses to be introduced to the market. Despite this regular turnover, the majority of roses visitors see in the Garden can be purchased commercially, making it a fantastic resource for rose enthusiasts looking for their next garden addition.

The International Rose Test Garden is not just about roses; it’s also a cultural and historical touchstone. Located in Washington Park, it offers spectacular views of downtown Portland and the majestic Mount Hood. The Garden features several themed gardens, including the Gold Medal Garden, a haven of award-winning roses; the Miniature Rose Garden, the only testing ground for miniature roses in the U.S; and the Shakespeare Garden, which only cultivates roses named after characters from Shakespeare’s plays.

The International Rose Test Garden is a fitting embodiment of Portland’s nickname, the “City of Roses”. With an estimated 700,000 visitors annually, the Garden brings together people from all walks of life. They come to admire the breathtaking variety of roses, enjoy the peaceful ambiance, learn about new rose cultivars, or simply bask in the rich heritage and natural beauty of this cherished city landmark. The Garden truly encapsulates the spirit of Portland and its deep-rooted love for the enchanting rose.

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