The week we arrived to Portland it was very cloudy and rainy. For a few days now, we have had amazing weather. Yesterday we dropped by the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park.
There are over 7,000 rose plants of approximately 550 varieties. The roses bloom from April through October with the peak coming in June, depending on the weather. New rose cultivars are continually sent to the garden from many parts of the world and are tested for color, fragrance, disease resistance and other attributes. It is the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States and exemplifies Portland’s nickname of the City of Roses. via wiki
Even though we saw only a few roses, the gardens were very pleasant and dreamy; the air was crisp and refreshing, and the scent of the roses was definitely in the air. I kept sniffing around to enjoy the scent as much as I could, I was on a rose high. I enjoyed the gardens very much.