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International Rose Test Garden, Portland

(4.6/5 based on 3,800+ 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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  • I had heard about this place for several years before I actually visited the place. My preconceived notion was that this place was a nice little attraction with a bunch of interesting rose bushes. Wel...  more »
  • I have been to this Garden many times, even filled with screaming kids and yelling parents its peaceful, Roses everywhere, and all accessible and labeled to see and smell, if your in Portland visit th...  more »
  • This attraction is alright if you love roses. I went a few times and it's best during the summer/fall, not much in bloom in early spring. I brought my son's girlfriend during her college spring break ...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful rose gardens I have seen in the world. This place provides you with an escape from reality into a world of color and beauty that only nature could have created. More varieties of roses can be seen here than anywhere I have ever been or heard of. Truly beautiful garden with nice little treats to see like the rose queen walk. This is really a must see for any Portland visitor who has any interest whatsoever in nature.
  • Lovely place to spend an hour or so taking a leisurely stroll, absorbing the clean air and heavenly scents of roses. There's easy, free parking and cool little hidden discoveries like the "In A Garden" poem by Dorothy Gurney. I recommend going about an hour before sunset and catching the view of the skyline over the trees in the distance.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful! Great for anyone from families to couples or seniors. Pretty flowers all wonderfully labeled. Great views, don't forget a camera!
  • Beautiful gardens. It is free to go here which is nice. The garden is not that big so you can do this and Pittock Mansion all in one day. Great for families.