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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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  • Even in the second week of September, the flowers were so beautiful. I recommend either grabbing something from the food truck, or bring a packed lunch and sit and enjoy the roses. Wonderful. 
    Even in the second week of September, the flowers were so beautiful. I recommend either grabbing something from the food truck, or bring a packed lunch and sit and enjoy the roses. Wonderful.  more »
  • Beautiful rose garden, free admission, enjoyed walking around admiring all the beautiful flowers. Definitely recommend. 
    Beautiful rose garden, free admission, enjoyed walking around admiring all the beautiful flowers. Definitely recommend.  more »
  • Free to walk around and 1000s of roses. We were at the end of the bloom and we came right after the Japanese Garden. Wish we came here first and skipped the garden. 
    Free to walk around and 1000s of roses. We were at the end of the bloom and we came right after the Japanese Garden. Wish we came here first and skipped the garden.  more »
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  • An awesome place to visit! You get to see so many varieties of roses and colors ! It’s very gorgeous and feels so good. Best of all there is no entry free to visit this place. You just need to get parking or can opt for pay by your parking. Do visit this place in jun end types for full bloom. You can easily spend two hours.. there is also a open area where you could plan a picnic with kids n enjoy leisurely the beautiful garden! You can’t get enough pics of the roses !
  • My family had a nice time visiting the rose garden and we will have to revisit again to be able to explore it in it’s entirety. You could easily spend a couple of hours here. They have different sections the roses are organized in. There is the Shakespeare Garden and an amphitheater. It was free to look around, we only had to pay for parking which was around a few dollars. Everything was very well kept, nice and neat.
  • Huge selection of roses. Most are identified. In addition to roses there are a variety of other plants, so it is worth visiting in any season. Plant care does not seem to be as good as it used to be, but we see staff and volunteers working every time we visit. During the summer, there is a food cart with a limited menu. Restrooms are available. They are reasonably clean and well maintained but no paper towels. We have not seen the gift store open. Apparently it is only open Friday to Monday. There are picnic tables available as well as benches. The parking fee can be paid through and app or at a machine. Parking can fill up, but you can park elsewhere in the park and take the free park bus. You can also take bus 63 to the park or the MAX to the Washington Park stop then the free park bus.
  • All the roses are in full bloom now! Now is the best time to see this garden! This Free entrance rose garden is one of the best rose garden I ever seen. So many pretty roses! It surely is garden lover’s dream come true. Try to avoid the huge crowds go on weekdays or late afternoon on the weekends. Parking is a little hard to fine, but I can guarantee you that this place is worth your patience to drive around for a parking spot.
  • Absolutely love this place. It’s free to walk around, plenty to explore and all the unique varieties of roses are enchanting even if you’re not interested in botany. Parking is convenient, but cell service isn’t great in this area. Definitely recommend downloading the parking kitty app in advance to make it easier to pay for your parking. Absolutely worth the stop! The Japanese Gardens are just across the parking lot too if you want to make it into more of an excursion.

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