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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  • My wife and I visited Portland right before Hurricane Harvey's very unwelcome visit to Houston. As the storm hit Houston, our anxiety rose and we were inundated by news coverage of flooding back home....  more »
  • We have visited both seasons. Definitely go in blooming season. Several new beds going in now in winter, so will have to return to see new flowers.  more »
  • The International Rose Test Gardens were first on this morning's agenda. We discovered that the Japanese Gardens, opposite the rose gardens, didn't open until noon so we spent two hours touring, smell...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • I was awestruck. This is the best rose garden I've seen, and I've been to dozens around the United States. It helps that we were there at the perfect time, in early June. Tourists visiting Portland during the growing season definitely should visit for at least an hour or two, but I would recommend going on a weekday to avoid crowds.
  • I give this a five star because it was FREE and full of beautiful fragrant flowers. Here, in this park, the people who run it have taken the time to label different plants, flowers and trees. I think that is a very neat feature. It was great to be able to leisurely walk around and learn some things. I was also impressed with the sheer amount of roses, they just seemed to go one for quite a while. There were many varieties and colors.

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