Yesterday the kids & I went to the zoo, then rode the train to International Rose Test Garden. I try to make that trip every year with the kids, but sometimes we only make it every other year. It’s a relaxing way to spend the day.
We spent the first couple hours of the day wondering through the zoo.
Top Left: One of my favorite landscaped areas is near the orangutans.
Middle Right: I was happy to read that this is the Rugosa Rose because I bought 3 of these last year. They were sent to me as one bare stick each. I hope mine end up being as beautiful as this one.
Top Right: As I was gawking over the rose plant, my kids noticed the rose hips & wanted to know what they were.
Bottom Left: Southern Gerenuk
Bottom Right: Chimpanzee
We took the train from the zoo to Washington Park where the Rose Garden is located. The ride is calm & beautiful through the trees. My kids must have been better behaved than some years because this time I thought the ride seemed short & in the passed I thought it seemed to take forever. Or maybe it’s because they are getting older & I wasn’t afraid one of them was going to fall out. Either way, it was a nice ride for all of us.
Trains back to the zoo were coming every 40 minutes, so we opted to spend about an hour at the Rose Gardens. Then head back to the zoo. That seemed to be the perfect amount of time for us.
Left: The Royal Rosarians are a civic group who are the goodwill ambassadors for the City of Portland. They do many charitable projects, but what I remember most about them is seeing them in parades, particularly the Rose Parade. The Royal Rosarian Garden holds each Royal Rosarians Prime Ministers namesake rose.
I wish I had the name of all the roses we saw, but I don’t. Most of the roses are labeled, but the roses currently being tested are not named. I will use that as my excuse. But truthfully, I had 3 active, young kids with me. I had to manage my time between enjoying the roses themselves, taking pics & actually enjoying the roses with my kids. That just didn’t leave time for finding details, like individual rose names.
The Rose Gardens are lovely & free to enjoy. I recommend at least a quick stop if you get the opportunity, especially in June.