Truthfully, this kinda confused me.
What kind of outdoor park bans snacking??
I just don't know.
That said, the park is gorgeous.
Maybe I was also feeling a little snobby myself after the nut incident because I kept comparing the park to the time we spent in Japan and thinking: well, I've seen better, but that could have just been the hanger talking.
If you had a limited amount of time in Portland's Washington Park, which is where both the International Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden are located, I would choose the International Rose Garden. It is free, you can snack (maybe this only matters to me at the moment because I am 33 weeks pregnant?!), and I have never seen so many beautiful roses all in one place in my life.
If you do have time to see both, do; however, leave your snacks in your purse.