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International Rose Test Garden, Portland

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 3,600+ reviews on the web
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. Before you head to Portland, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Portland trip itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Portland has to offer, including International Rose Test Garden.
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  • If you like rose this is the place to visit. So many varieties but pick a time when they are in full bloom. 
  • We visited the International Rose Test Garden the rain. (We're desert-dwellers, so this is significant.) The garden was majestic - despite October being a little past rose season. The r...  read more »
  • Simply lovely. Nothing here to complain about whether you go rain or shine. The scent of roses everywhere. 
  • We dropped in to show friends from out of town around. I was pleasantry surprised to find there were still plenty of roses around in early September. We had a great time walking around and seeing all the different variety of roses. They were just beautiful. The only downside to the rose garden is parking which can be a bit challenging, but that is the case for most popular places. I think it is a great free attraction in Portland other than a modest parking fee. Love it and highly recommend going there to enjoy a day out.
  • Located in Washington Park, it's easy for those visiting Portland to get here using public transportation. There is a MAX station across from the Zoo entrance, free park shuttles will take you the rest of the way. The International Rose Test Garden is a terraced collection of thousands of roses on a hillside overlooking Downtown Portland. If you love natural beauty in general or roses in particular, It's worth a a visit when you are in Portland.
  • A great place for a picnic. The roses are absolutely gorgeous, and you can get great views of the city. Plus it's free!
  • Huge, beautiful garden that lived up to expectations. Heaven for rose enthusiasts. Surprisingly peaceful despite the crowds. The fact that there's no admission fee for such a well-maintained place is astounding. Also has decent city skyline views, but nothing extraordinary
  • Went in mid-summer and the roses were in full bloom and gorgeous. The gardens are well maintained. There are a few different sections and little side gardens full of different varieties and shades of roses. There are a few places to hide in the shade or sit to rest. When the amphitheater isn't full for a performances it's a great place to just enjoy the scenery and picnic. Lots of walking to do here
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