"End of the Season @ The Rose Garden"
Before we were transported to our Riverboat, we had an all day tour around the Portland, OR area. The first stop was at the the International Rose Test Garden.
"It is a rose garden in Washington Park in Portland, Oregon. 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, "City of Roses"."
While in Chicago, I frequently photograph flowers at the Chicago Botanical Gardens (which is amazing for its varieties and number of flowers and plants), but this is just roses. Although it was not "prime time" when we visited in early October, it scent of the roses was still in the area, while the roses were past their prime. I would certainly like to visit this place earlier in the summer when things are in full bloom. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area...