International Rose Test Garden, Portland

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Boasting about 7,000 rose plants in 550 different varieties, International Rose Test Garden helps Portland live up to its nickname "the city of roses." The city set up the rose test garden during World War I to protect hybrid roses grown in Europe, which rose lovers feared would be destroyed in the bombings. You can see roses from all over the world, as the public garden receives a steady stream to test. Explore its 1.8 hectares (4.5 acres) and discover the amphitheater, Shakespeare garden, and Gold Medal garden of award-winning plants. If it is a clear day, you can admire superb views of the Cascade Mountains. Bring along a picnic to enjoy in the spacious grassy area; the gardens do not have a restaurant. Make International Rose Test Garden a centerpiece of your Portland vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Portland road trip planning tool .
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  • A friend and I went together and it was amazing. Each rose smelt different and it was so beautiful It was a sensory overload. Just a fun and chill place to wonder around.  more »
  • Yes, I recommend stopping in during your visit at the park. There are tons of people there also enjoying the beauty but that's ok because there are PLENTY of roses to share. It's free so what do you h...  more »
  • A lot of Roses, rows and rows. Free of charge and it will take about 1 hour to see. Go in June as the new blooms arrive.  more »
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  • It was a really nice place to visit quickly after the Japanese tea garden (just opposite). The roses were not in bloom as it was winter but I can only imagine what a treat it would be to the senses in the summer!! Very peaceful
  • Walking down these steps into the garden gives a tiny peak of of downtown Portland. On a sunny day like we were fortunate enough to have, you can soak in the sun and admire the beauty growing around you. Something about being around flowers and trees just really relaxes the human spirit. This getaway from downtown is really just minutes away, and a beautiful drive. Adjacent to the Japanese Garden, this one is a great free alternative but I'd highly recommend both!
  • I cannot believe how many roses are in this place. And I don't just mean quantity either. There's seemingly endless varieties. The cool thing is each variety is well labeled with a detailed plaque. I highly recommend finding the big info sign thing the details it's history and purpose. Seriously though... Dress nice and bring a good camera. Perfect beauty for a photoshoot.
  • Avoid it in March, when there are no roses. I can imagine it's beautiful when the roses are blooming, off season there is nothing to see. The garden is pretty small.
  • If you love to garden, appreciate roses or flowers, or love a well manicured landscape you have to come see this place. There are dozens to hundreds of different type rose varieties. Because of the weather in Oregon there are some in bloom almost all year round. Not only is the garden beautiful but the view from here is excellent too. On top of a hill that overlooks much of the city. Also check out the Polish Holocaust memorial within the garden area!
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