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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 2 days ago

We were there last September and lucky for us it was the season of roses in full bloom so the garden were colourful and pretty. We can even smell the roses the moment we entered the garden and it was really lovely. There were a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sitihajarmadina
Reviewed 6 days ago

Thousands of rose bushes of every conceivable type and color. Although the garden is somewhat divided into sections, it's pretty much just a big open area with row after row of roses. it's definitely worth a stop if you are visiting Portland during season, but...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ColoradoJ
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my daughter over the summer. Walked around smelling the sweet scent of picturesque roses. Absolutely beautiful

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Renee D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Elyse H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 strolling through. I found the “Shakespeare Garden” a bit...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank starsreminisce
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Bear in mind that this a seasonal place Not much to see in November. Still one rose or two can be spotted

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ilanron2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It’s often hard to park. Better to take a bus. Don’t go too early in summer on in winter for best viewing. Nothing here in winter. Early spring and few flowers are blooming yet. Best to go during rose festival or a little later.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank lindasU7233GC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Few roses left by early November. The rains prior week took out most of them. The garden is on the hillside, smaller than expected. A plus is that near Japanese Garden as well.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Otto L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited in mid-November which is too late to see much roses. Most are definitely gone so it is a lot of bare bushes. You can tell the layout and structure is such that it would be beautiful during summer, so we'd like to revisit if...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Velvet_Rain
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The parking is hectic All kind of roses color bring your bottle of water and use public transportation if you can

Date of experience: August 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