The International Rose Test Garden is a world-renowned rose garden found in Portland Oregon. The garden, located in Portland’s Washington Park, is a major attraction for both locals and tourists. The roses bloom annually from April through October with the peak coming in June, weather depending. New rose “cultivars” (plants which have been selected and given a unique name based on their desirable characteristics) are constantly submitted to the garden from all over the world and then tested for color, fragrance, disease resistance, etc. Founded in 1917, and now with over 7,000 rose plants (of around 550 varieties), the Rose Garden is the oldest public rose test garden in the United States–adding to Portland’s nickname of the City of Roses.
Rose Garden at Portland Octopus