We all have favorite places and this one is close to my heart. The wonderful people of the Tacoma Rose Society deadhead every Thursday and this year it is looking super!
‘Blueberry Hill’ and ‘Elina’ are featured roses.
I love the display gardens at Heirloom Roses in St. Paul, OR. The gardens feature many types of roses including extensive collections of miniatures, Austin’s and Buck roses. I think Heirloom has the nicest collection of Buck roses I have ever seen in one place. St. Paul, OR is farm country and the display gardens are down a winding road but getting there is well worth the effort.
The International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park was established in 1917. It is high upon a hill and has rolling hills within the 4.5 acres boundary. It is estimated that it contains 7,000 roses of 500 varieties. The Royal Rosarian meets you soon upon entry.
Last weekend I was one of the speakers at the ARS Pacific Northwest District Floribunda Workshop in Vancouver, WA which is a slow eight miles, across the bridge from Portland, OR. So I took that opportunity to visit a place that I had only been to once before, several years ago, Washington Park and the International Rose Test Garden. The past few weeks have been hot in the Pacific Northwest (80 to 90 degrees F.) so my expectations for bloom quality were not what you would see in the first flush in June but I was pleasantly surprised with the garden and maintenance given the recent weather. Three hours and 497 images later, I will be sharing more from this visit long after my own garden is resting for the winter. I will begin by sharing some shrub roses that were photographed in a cool, shady area.