Portland, Oregon is the City of Roses and a Flower Lover's Delight
Located in the wet and temperate valleys of the Columbia and Willamette River, the city of Portland, Oregon is an ideal location for the growing of flowers, especially roses, and has earned its nickname as the "City of Roses." This souvenir fridge magnet shows a typical scene from the city, which is dotted with blooms throughout the spring and summer. The municipal government maintains roses alongside public thoroughfares and also has a number of flower-filled parks. While relatively new (opened in 2000), the Lan Su Chinese Garden has quickly become a favorite of visitors to the city. Built in the style of the traditional walled "scholar's gardens" from eastern China, it is a rare Oriental gem in the Western world. The city also has an older Japanese Garden in the hills of Washington Park on the city's west side.
Portland is Home to the International Rose Test Garden
One of Portland's premier tourist destinations if the International Rose Test Garden. Founded in 1917, in the darkest days of World War One, it was designed to be a haven for all of the delicate rose varieties that were threatened with extinction by the war. Since then, it has grown to become one of the world's premier rose gardens and has the honor of being the only such garden in the United States that is certified to examine, test and grade the qualities - color, fragrance, hardiness, etc - of new varieties of roses. Visits to the Garden are free of charge and are able to wander through the Garden's vast collection, an especially remarkable trip during blooming season, from April to October with peak in June. The International Rose Test Garden is located in Washington Park, across the street from the famous Japanese Garden and close to the city's Holocaust Memorial.