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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. 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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  • Yet another primo attraction without parking! We had the misfortune of arriving on a sunny Monday afternoon when normally it wouldn't have been a problem parking (I had been watching the web site). Ev...  more »
  • Highly recommend checking this attraction out. Acres of perfectly manicured roses of all varieties. Breath taking! And it's free! Enjoyed hiking some of the trails in the park around the gardens as we...  more »
  • After visiting the Oregon Zoo, I took the free shuttle to the free Rose Test Garden. The views are breathtaking, the number and quality of roses (and other flowers) are spectacular, and the views beyo...  more »
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  • 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.
  • If you visit Portland, this is an absolutely must see! It is astonishing how beautiful it is in this garden. So many varieties of roses - super romantic
  • A breathtaking variety of roses, plenty of room to roam, and a beautiful view of Portland. Absolutely a must see while in bloom!
  • This is by far one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. It's a bit of a hike to get to it from the parking area, but even that is gorgeous. Go prepared and take lots of water and snacks though, and make sure your camera is ready to take more pictures than you can count!
  • Beautiful. We spent about 2 hours there and I could have stayed all day.