The Portland Rose Garden is mentioned in the “Portland: Parks and Places” post, but because I’m partial to pretty pictures of flowers, I gave it its own full post to showcase all the beauty. Because that’s really what the rose garden is…just a big bunch of beauty.
As far as gardens go, I think I’ve seen the best of the best. And living 10 minutes from the Huntington Gardens, I’m a little spoiled on the garden front. But the Portland Rose Garden, though tiny, has aspects that make it an equally great garden.
For one, it’s small and you only have to pay for parking ($1.60/hour). This means you can see the whole garden for about $1.60, and not feel pressured to stay for an absurd amount of time because the entry price was so high, or feel bad about leaving without seeing part of the garden.
It’s also super kid/ family friendly. When we were there, actually, some kid scared the crap out of us by screaming “I found a snake! I found a snake!” We freaked out but turned to find him pointing at a hose. Ahh, kids. But it is a great place to take children, and with a large expanse to picnic on, it’s also pretty family-friendly too. There are also tennis courts adjacent to the garden, so if you feel like playing a few matches and then picnic-ing in a beautiful location, the Portland Rose Garden is the place to go.
When we went, a woman was playing a harp and singing on the grounds, so not only did our eyes feast, but so did our ears! And apparently they have musical performances at the garden too, which would be great for date night.
Would I recommend? Absolutely! It’s unbelievably beautiful and peaceful there, and pretty close to the city. A+.