I had only been in the garden for a minute when I lost my cool and started taking selfies with the rose bushes taller than me.
A beauty - full and fragrant!
I recommend that you follow this link and watch a segment about the
International Test Garden that was broadcast on the PBS television show Oregon Field Guide. The video films the 10,000 rose garden at peak bloom in 2014. The segment interviews Harry Landers, the man in charge of this living masterpiece.
Can you see the happy bee in the photograph above? Buzz buzz...I know that I should have noted which rose I was photographing, but frankly I was having too much fun to be practical.
These photos were taken on July 3, 2016 and the garden was in full bloom. I haven't seen anything like it since I was at David Austin Rose headquarters in England.
I kept coming back to this regal beauty called Frances Meilland. The soft pink center fades to a candlelight white.
This rose garden has many levels and sections. You can't get through it quickly, nor would you want to. Set aside a good hour to wander and enjoy. This time well spent.