The International Rose Test Garden Is Simply A Lust for The Eyes
The garden’s history is also quite impressive. Rose hobbyist Jesse A. Currey founded the park as a safe haven to protect European roses from being destroyed during World War I. The landscape architect for the city of Portland, Florence Holmes Gerke, designed the garden’s still timeless and appealing ground plan allowing magnificent views from several angles.
In 1940, the park became one of the official testing gardens for the All-America Rose Selections, and in 1960 it became a National Historic Landmark. More than 100 years later, new roses and rose-growing techniques are developed here.