Monday, 4 July 2011
On Wednesday there was an admin-type meeting in the middle of the conference programme, so I skipped out with a group of colleagues (it's called "networking", right...?) to go and look around a bit more of Portland. After some confusion over just exactly how much of the public transport network in the city is free, we reached the International Rose Test Garden. It's basically a little park, packed with a huge variety of roses. Everything was labelled but I didn't really pay much attention to the names - only to the pretty blooms!
Of course, having so many varieties of rose in one place means that some of them were already turning and dropping petals, while others were still in bud. There can be no single perfect time to visit a garden like this one - but I'd still recommend dropping in if you're in the area any time during the flowering season. It's free admission, and a nice spot for a stroll - the colours brightened up an otherwise rather grey day.