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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  • A great place to enjoy views of the city from above. The roses are gorgeous, and the air is fresh with a floral scent. Perfect for an hour of peace and quiet.  more »
  • We were fortunate to find a hotel just one light rail stop from the shuttle that takes you to the gardens. We visited twice and were so impressed with the layout, variety, and freedom found while stro...  more »
  • a must see a beautiful garden of Roses of all colors, a visit of freshness, not far from the city center
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  • A true highlight of my trip to Portland! Maybe the best thing I saw while I was there. The rose garden is home to dozens and dozens of different roses -- red roses, purple roses, pink roses, yellow roses, roses of all different colors are all here on full display. The smell is perfect. They play peaceful music and it's very relaxing. I wish I could live at this garden honestly. It was such a welcome departure from all the hustle and bustle of my everyday life!
  • It must be one of the best rose gardens in the world. Roses grow so happily here! I was amazed at the thousands of lush blossoms, in different colors and shapes. Some roses I never saw in the past, only in oil paintings from 18-19 centuries. Many roses smelled so good! The fragrance was sweet and strong, but gentle than perfumes. Best of all, it is free to visitors. I would recommend it to any visitors to Portland.
  • We visited the rose garden in late June 2018. It is breathtaking! I spent hours holding each rose type in my hand & smelling the lovely scent of each rose. You must visit the rose garden to appreciate how awesome it is. You will not be disappointed i can guarantee you. I've never grown roses but I'm back home on the MS Gulf Coast & planning a rose garden. I'm starting out rather small but will probably end up with a lot of roses. There is so much online to read & lots of YouTube videos to learn more about growing them. I plan to start with 5 of my favorites & plant 3 of each together for the larger wow factor. I can't wait to go back at the same time next year!
  • The air is aromatic and the atmosphere is peaceful. I'm amazed at all the different rose variations in such a small area. I took tons of pictures and sent them to my mom and she said she'd love to come and visit one day. The gift shop has many different rose themed and local products. Perfect for souvenirs for your loved ones, especially those who enjoy flowers.
  • Fantastic is the only way to describe the International Rose Test Garden. The flowers are in full bloom right now so the whole place is lit up with color. Be prepared for some walking but it is very with it. For those who haven't seen it there is a small area in the lower Northeast corner called the Shakespeare Garden that has lots of exotic plants which creates a secluded, calming Green space to contrast with the riot of color throughout the rest of the garden. The International Rose Test Garden is an excellent place to show off Portland to out town guests. Enjoy. I know I do.
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