Portland’s Oldest Rose Garden
This past weekend I visited the Peninsula Park Rose Garden. I had never been there before. The roses are in full bloom now. Everywhere you walked you got a whiff of their perfume.
Although the Portland Rose Garden in Washington Park is one of the more popular gardens in our area, the Peninsula Park Rose Garden is just as lovely. Older, but not as well known, the Peninsula Park Rose Garden located in North Portland is Portland’s first public rose garden. As you step into the sunken rose garden, you walk through lush paths, sweeping archways and over two acres packed with nearly 9,000 traditional rose plantings.
The octagonal bandstand north of the fountain was constructed in 1913. It was used for World War I patriotic demonstrations and is now the site for many weddings and concerts. There were two weddings going on while we were there.
The fountain in the center of the garden is over 100 years old.
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