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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  • We where sad to visit in the fall as the roses were past their best, but given that,the many that we found where exquisite. The sight and the fragrance when in full bloom must be quite an experience, ...  more »
  • We visited on the last day in September, there were plenty of blooms but I felt that the garden lacked detail. I am not a gardener and so identification is key to describing which blooms I liked. I wa...  more »
  • Loved it! Really gorgeous to walk around and see the roses. We had fun checking the sign for award winning varieties and hunting for them in the many rows of vines. Highly recommend!  more »
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  • What an amazing experience. This is a must see attraction, that is free for everyone. They have a small shop, restroom area, and food cart. I was impressed by the cleanliness and people's respect for the Roses. There are also some tennis courts for public use near by. Make sure to check out the Japanese garden, though that has a fee for entry. If you go on a clear day, there is a IMMACULATE view of Mt. Hood!
  • Super nice place! Just go there during weekdays to skip a lot of visitors and enjoy the nature. Best time is first part of June
  • One of the coolest things to do in Portland. Parking is a few bucks and the garden is free. Go during the summer. The roses and the views are incredible.
  • Very pretty gardens. In the heat of Mid-June some of the varieties are dying but there is still a wealth of variety and colour. Free entrance. 10 min walk from bus 20
  • Absolutely gorgeous and well preserved. The air smells heavenly! Love this place .

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