A Look Into the International Rose Test Garden

In summer 2021, life felt like it was resembling some type of normalcy again. Vaccinations for COVID-19 were available and the weather made it possible for people to spend more time outside. I took advantage of this time to take a trip to the pacific northwest. 

While I had weeks filled with various adventures, one thing that stood out was a day trip to the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon.

The City of Portland website claims that more than 10,000 rose bushes bloom every year, with roughly 610 rose varieties.

Rosa ‘Double Delight’ was one of my favorites at the park. Most flowers in the garden compete in completions, and this Rosa has won multiple awards over various competitions.
Asaka white blood rose. This is one of the more unique roses. The speckling of a darker pink, almost red, resembled blood to the grower that hybridized this plant.
Perhaps not aptly named, the green rose actually displays a light purple color. The green title comes from the color at the base of the flower.
The snapdragon rose gets its name from the scalloped edges that resemble a dragon’s fin, according to the grower who named the variety.
In the grandiflora class, this rose is titled Dick Clark, an honor for the TV personality. Almost neon in color, the pink overtakes the yellow center. This rose has won multiple awards, including the All-American Rose in 2011.
The 2016 winner of Portland’s Best Rose was the royal welcome tea rose. With the ombré of two beautiful colors, the rose has a dynamic and different look to many others.
The cherry parfait rose is wide in size, with a diameter comparable to an adult males hand fully extended. It won the All-American title in 2003.
The Rosa Peace. The dominant yellow fades into a cream color and eventually a pink on the edges of the petals. A popular variety, over one hundred million plants were sold by 1992.
The dwarf rose apricot clementine is a long name for a simple flower. A light orange color, the rose is small in size, thus fitting into the dwarf category of roses.

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