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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.
As featured in 3 Days in Portland
400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205-5883
+1 503-823-3636
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Reviewed 2 days 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 1 week 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 2 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 4 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 4 weeks ago

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
1  Thank Happytravel319
Reviewed 4 February 2019

This garden is so massive, that even those who feel they have a big garden will be amazed. I saw it after it was at peak flowering and still was in awe! If you are in Portland, take time to visit. Also, it is absolutely...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 2 February 2019 via mobile

The test garden was a beautiful multi level, multi color, multi scented rose garden. This garden is a free test garden with people creating their own type of roses. Fascinating and colorful! Hundreds of different roses! Have to visit to experience!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank laurabender21
Reviewed 29 January 2019

There is parking on the hill to enjoy this venue. Certain times of the year and some weekends, it may fill up quickly, so be aware. The lots aren't huge. I actually rode the Max to the Zoo location. Rode the elevator up and hopped...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank maxona
Reviewed 26 January 2019

It was definitely worth going to... If you are a botanist, florist, or physiologist I'm sure you would appreciate it more than I did. The bike ride up was beautiful and it is close to the Japanese Garden.

Date of experience: May 2018
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4 August 2018|
Response from Judy G | Reviewed this property |
There should still be roses blooming, unless there is an early frost.
Barbara H
29 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