They have names like Sweet Surrender, White Lightnin' and What A Peach; Silver Jubilee, What A Climber and Sheila's Perfume. Rainbow's End, Red Rascal and Crimson Bouquet. 500 varieties to feast your eyes upon. It's Rose Festival time in the City of Roses (Portland, Oregon). With the stunning backdrop of luminous Mt. Hood hovering over the downtown skyline, the International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park is the place to view these exotic roses and hybrids. From the website for the gardens: "Founded in 1917, Portland’s International Rose Test Garden is the oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. In the beginning, even though World War I was raging in Europe, hybridists sent roses from around the world to Portland’s garden for testing and to keep the new hybrids safe from being destroyed by the bombing in Europe."Rose Garden Website
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