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International Rose Test Garden

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The oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States boasts more than 8,000 roses.
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400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205-5883
+1 503-823-3636
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Reviewed yesterday

would suggest more in the summer or late spring when roses are in bloom. A lot of fun to awalk around and see all the roses and people having fun

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Andrew R
Reviewed yesterday

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...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank RebeccaH4813
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited Portland in late March and visited this site after seeing the wonderful Japanese Garden across the street. Unfortunately, the roses were not yet in bloom, so all we saw were countless beds of thorns. This seems to be well laid out and they...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ElaineAndGreg
Reviewed 3 days ago

It is beautiful !!!, the roses and the city view cannot be better. It is relaxing and great for pictures. Be aware of parking difficulties but it is worthy. You should not come in late fall or winter, roses are cut.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank johnmespinosa
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Portland Rose Garden is one of the best in the Northwest. The garden is laid out in an easy to meander plan, and I love that every rose in the garden is labeled. The hillside location is one of the most beautiful spots in...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank JTravel007
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Okay. Imagine you are in heaven and you smell something so sweet and beautiful. Well, guess what?? The Rose Garden is that place!!! The sweet smelling roses are so beautiful and bring everyone closer together!!! My family and I spent one day together there and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank hedgiehog77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect way to spend a few hours. The full bloom season is so spectacular! You can smell the roses from the parking lot.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank brigalmcc
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

To be 100% honest it’s also my on,y rose garden. But I imagine if I knew anything about roses ..besides that they smell nice..this would still be my favorite I went because it’s practically in downtown..it’s that easy to reach..and roses are the symbol of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AdamS2078
Reviewed 16 February 2019

We walked a small portion of this area after visiting the Japanese Gardens across the way. There are too many varieties of roses to name. There is a very helpful map to guide you through the gardens; it also allows you to go to view...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank alps2001
Reviewed 13 February 2019

This garden is free and has the biggest collection of roses I've seen. They have free tours with a docent on certain days (information can be obtained in the souvenir shop of this garden). Information sheets describe how new types of roses are bred. Beautiful...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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3 August 2018|
Response from Judy G | Reviewed this property |
There should still be roses blooming, unless there is an early frost.
Barbara H
28 June 2018|
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Response from Sheila G | Reviewed this property |
There is not a charge to visit the gardens, however you need to pay for parking.
14 May 2018|
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Response from Leslie Juan R | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately most of the roses will no longer be in bloom. However it is still a beautiful garden with a smaller part of the garden called the Shakespeare Garden that has other kinds of plants and flowers that may still be... More