International Rose Test Garden, Portland

4.7
#1 of 594 in Parks in Oregon
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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  • How many different kinds of rose does it have? 100? 200? 500? You must come to find out! I would tell you now, otherwise it would spoil your taste! Absolutely worth visit! I have been going every year...  more »
  • Check before you go on blooming season! Roses don’t bloom in winter and we went by today and they were still not in bloom (April). Still glad we walked though the garden area to see how many rows and ...  more »
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  • A lovely place to spend the afternoon wandering through endless rows of gorgeous roses. The garden is located on a hill just below the sublime Japanese Garden. The roses are displayed in sections with well-marked signage describing the names of the flowers. Multiple intersecting pathways course around the roses. Saw a visitor hold up his small dog so that she could smell the gorgeous roses. Benches are scattered throughout the property. On a clear day, you can see Mount Hood. There is a small gift shop with adjacent restrooms. Parking above and adjacent to the garden..
  • A lovely place to spend the afternoon wandering through endless rows of gorgeous roses. The garden is located on a hill just below the sublime Japanese Garden. The roses are displayed in sections with well-marked signage describing the names of the flowers. Multiple intersecting pathways course around the roses. Saw a visitor hold up his small dog so that she could smell the gorgeous roses. Benches are scattered throughout the property. On a clear day, you can see Mount Hood. There is a small gift shop with adjacent restrooms. Parking above and adjacent to the garden.

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