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International Rose Test Garden, Portland

#1 of 581 in Parks in Oregon
Must see · Garden · Nature / Park
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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  • We visited the International Rose Test Garden after a hike through the awesome Hoyt Arboretum. The gardens are extensive and absolutely gorgeous. We have visited other test gardens but have never...  more »
  • We enjoyed stopping by this garden on the Pink Trolley tour. It's worth walking through. I enjoy roses, but I wouldn't say I have to photograph every one. :)  more »
  • This is a beautiful area. Thinking that in Sept nothing would be blooming but was mistaken. So many bushes and blooms to delight the eye as well as the aroma.  more »
  • Will add my accolades to this Amazing Rose garden. Over 1,000 plants lovingly tended in a 4 acre park. As an out-of-state visitor, this was my first time to the garden. Will be back! The gift shop was also very nice; I picked up some gifts for my friends who tend the community garden where I live. I also spent some time chatting with one of the volunteers, tending the roses is a labor of love.
  • This is a garden of fragrant dreams. All the roses in all kinds of gorgeous colors. Its such an amazing array of the most classic of blooms. Row upon row of elegant roses, all labeled & dated with the year created. I have visited twice, observing a photo shoot featuring a young woman modeling, then, next time, a wedding. Also, both times, lots of group & solo photos being taken of visitors by their companions. My companion is a gardener by hobby & it was an absolute joy to watch him snapping photos almost the entire time we were there. Its free to visit, the fresh air is fantastic & there are areas you can sit to reflect. The public bathroom located at the entrance appears to have built in 1917, or so, when the garden first opened. It is a beautiful structure.
  • The road garden is spectacular! There are more varieties of rose than seems imaginable of all colors, shapes, sizes and scents and the garden is enormous. We spent a couple hours walking around and getting a guided tour and felt like we didn’t see even half of the garden. This would be a wonderful place to study, go on a date or just go on a peaceful and beautiful walk.
  • A good place to see varieties of roses. Moreover, it's free for all. You don't have to buy any tickets. Just go and enjoy. It is opposite of Japanese garden. So people who love Japanese garden can enjoy both of them at the same time.
  • So many different types of roses! And the names are so fun to read. Like Dusty Roads on a Hot Night to Patriotic Nancy to Gingerbread Fun. Just kidding those aren't the real names but they quirky like that. You get the picture. Great home for bees too. I love bees.

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