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International Rose Test Garden

400 SW Kingston Ave,, Portland, Oregon 97205 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Sat 7:30a-9p
  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating
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“Where the rose bowl tests their roses”

The International Rose Test Garden is a rose garden in Washington Park in Portland, Oregon, United States. There are over 10,000 rose bushes of approximately 650 varieties. The roses bloom from April through October with the peak coming in June, depending on the weather. New rose cultivars are continually sent to the garden from many parts of the world and are evaluated on several characteristics, including disease resistance, bloom formation, color, and fragrance. It is the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States and exemplifies Portland's nickname, "City of Roses". The garden draws an estimated 700,000 visitors annually.

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Reviewed by
emilylovesluke

  • 1 Review
  • 5 Helpful
June 02, 2014

Amazing! The plethora and variety of blooms here (we visited the 1st of June) were certainly impressive. The scents wafting through the air we're wonderful, and it felt very relaxed as we strolled around. Looked like a great place to come and have a picnic. Bonus, it's free! Highly recommend a visit here.

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Joshua Smibert

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  • 186 Helpful
July 04, 2014
Rated 5.0

Whenever we have friends into town the Rose test gardens are one of the first places we take them. The garden is apparently the perfect place for growing and experimenting with roses and sits overlooking the city with its hundreds of variations of rose bushes cascading down the hill - ending in a few 'secret garden' areas including a Shakespeare garden and an amphitheater.

The perfect place to walk, see an amazing view of Portland city while taking in literally hundreds of colored sweet smelling roses - and amazingly like so many attractions in and around Oregon - its FREE.

Hint: Definitely look in the bottom right corner of the garden for the black roses... Cause lets face it black roses are awesome.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Todd

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  • 180 Reviews
  • 143 Helpful
July 02, 2014
Rated 5.0

This place is beautiful. I went here on a super overcast day and it was still breathtaking. If your looking for a stunning, relaxing and free place to enjoy Portland, this is it!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
KerensaZieske

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 22, 2016
Rated 5.0

A beautiful stroll through the gardens and you will be intoxicated by the scent of roses. I love it. We came here many times with my Grandmother and if you have a love of roses, you will not be disappointed by spending some peaceful time here.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
JoLeneDanielson

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  • 1 Helpful
March 20, 2015
Rated 5.0

Gorgeous! Flowers galore!
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1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Taylor Lamb

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  • 0 Helpful
March 01, 2019
Rated 5.0

Awesome thing to see while in Portland. It’s also completely free! Great place to take pictures and venture around. Smell the roses!

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Reviewed by
Anna Hider

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  • 542 Helpful
May 28, 2018
Rated 5.0

Free!!!!! Killer views of the city. Right next to the Japanese garden, the zoo and pittock mansion. We uber-ed up here, did the two gardens, then walked to Powell’s and Voodoo, and it worked out great!

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Reviewed by
ShengC

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  • 6 Helpful
June 23, 2017
Rated 4.0

I have never seen so much roses... its beautiful!

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Reviewed by
jodimichelle

  • 28 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
July 18, 2016
Rated 5.0

Amazing! Definitely make a point to stop here for an hour or a day. The rose garden was everything I hoped it would be and more - and the entire park (Washington Park) was beautiful. Lots to do for the whole family. Only pay for parking - otherwise free.

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Travel Oregon

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  • 5,385 Reviews
  • 2,180 Helpful
April 18, 2016

Offering a spectacular view of the “City of Roses,” the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park is one of the largest and oldest rose test gardens in the country. The Rose Garden Gift Shop (adjacent to the rose test garden) offers many rose-related items. There are also two other major rose gardens in Portland: Peninsula Park Rose Garden, a formal sunken garden located in North Portland at the intersection of North Ainsworth and Albina; and Ladd’s Addition Garden in the historic southeast Portland neighborhood of the same name.

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International Rose Test Garden

400 SW Kingston Ave,
Portland, Oregon
97205 USA

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Open now until 9:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 7:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
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