Portland International Rose Test Garden has fallen from grace, former caretaker says

The city’s iconic rose garden has suffered an embarrassing decline, according to longtime botanist and curator Harry Landers.

PORTLAND, Oregon — Portland’s acclaimed International Rose Test Garden is a big tourist attraction for the city — not only during the Rose Festival, but all year long. Now, some worry the city has been steadily neglecting the garden’s maintenance, even prior to the pandemic.

“It just makes me sick to see this gorgeous garden plummet like it has,” said Harry Landers. “You shouldn’t see weeds in the beds … these roses are hungry, the lawn is starving.”

Landers spent nearly 30 years as the International

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