International Rose Test Garden

International Rose Test Garden

International Rose Test Garden
4.5
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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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  • Jeremy C
    Atlanta, Georgia904 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Garden!
    Take your time and enjoy the thousands of beautiful roses in this garden. There is an amazing variety of award-winning roses. One of the nices things to do in Portland. Given the cost of the parking within Washington Park, I suggest either taking mass transit or parking outside of the park and walking inside.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 17 August 2023
  • James c
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma381 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of roses
    I came in august, and had half a day in Portland. Yiu walk down a hill , pay to park. I found a parking spot right away. I took some fantastic shots of roses. Smell them, admire them, and wander around and enjoy, its free as well. Japenese garden and hoyt arboretum are in same vicinity.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Kolene T
    Richland, Michigan241 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see for garden lovers!
    The variety of roses and colors is stunningly beautiful. The roses filled the air with a light scent that was exhilarating and this is a wonderful way to start your journey before going through the Japanese garden. Be prepared for several steps down to the garden, if you have a stroller along or someone elderly in your party. There are handrails, but once you get down to the rose gardens, you will be able to see everything on one level. The main paths are paved and you are able to walk off the main path into the rows upon rows of beautiful roses. Some areas among the roses are muddier than others, but none were so bad that we needed to be concerned about our footwear.😉
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Krestravelr
    Gadsden, Alabama68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful area
    Visited Portland on a girls trip up the coast. This area was a beautiful display of all varieties of roses. They offered descriptions of the roses along with QR codes for potential orders. Large area to walk around and smell the roses as they say. Also had seating areas that could be used to rest or sit and read. Can also walk various areas of Washington Park from this location.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Okie
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Place - Go there
    Went here at the end of September and expected there wouldn’t be many blooming roses. Were we ever wrong. This is an amazing rose garden - best we have ever seen. Huge and beautiful and free. The Japanese garden across the the road was a bit pricey and our time did not allow for it anyway. Beautiful Place - go there
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Laura W
    Denver, Colorado50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it
    My favorite thing I did in Portland. I went in early October. I was a little worried when I first got there because some roses were dead, but plenty were alive. I took hundreds of pictures. The gift shop was less expensive than most places. It’s free so if for some reason you don’t like it then no harm no foul. I LOVED it though!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 October 2023
  • Abigail W
    Oregon22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superbly awesome and inspiring
    As far as really neat places in Portland, Oregon go (and it’s not called the City of Roses for nothing), this one really takes the cake (proverbially speaking). Basically, the International Rose Test Garden is what I’d call a highly awesome place to go — especially for those who want to stop and smell the roses from time to time, and for those who are photographers and have a liking for nature photography and capturing nature on film. Plus, the really neat thing about the International Rose Test Garden is that it's free (which makes it different from the Japanese Gardens, although the Japanese Gardens are quite nice in their own way as well). Located in Washington Park, this place really helps when it comes to inspiring people and showing them the beauty in nature. There are so many roses of every color and size that it can be hard to take them in all at once. So, it is best to take it in one step at a time. Also, those who are photographers will really take a liking to this place, as they will find plenty of photo opportunities when it comes to the roses. 😇😎 In conclusion, I highly recommend the International Rose Test Garden for anyone who loves nature, photography or both. Also, I give it five stars (although ten stars would be even better). 😎
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 January 2024
  • CarolinaTravelers2
    Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida346 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Many roses in early June
    Plenty of roses are blooming at the beginning of June, so visitors can see (and smell) buds and flowers in every stage of blossom. While rose aficionados will enjoy learning details and exploring the entire garden, the casual visitor will enjoy roses near the entrance. We did have to go down some steps from the street to the garden; handrails are present.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 June 2024
  • Jen
    Bellingham, Washington113 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    100% Worth it! Pictures don’t do it justice!
    This is FREE to visit, and is absolutely breathtaking. Pictures don’t even come close to capturing how pretty it is! Even if you have to park far (we did) there are beautiful maintained trails up through forest that make the walk short and enjoyable. Visit the Japanese Garden while you’re here too!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 June 2024
  • TennisStar602
    New Jersey704 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My friends who live within this area took me to this botanical garden.
    Some of my friends live just outside of Portland, and they recommended this garden to me. This garden was large, but it did not go on indefinitely. It was free to access this garden, and this park contained metered parking spots, but I parked just outside of this park in the daytime for free. There was a gift shop, a food truck, and a restroom. I saw every color of flowers with regard to the large rose bushes. It was very scenic.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 June 2024
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Don'tWaitForRetirement
California5,475 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
While visiting Portland, we took the MAX to Washington Park and then the free park shuttle to the Int'l Rose Test Garden. We enjoyed wandering around, taking photos, smelling the roses, reading the amusing rose names and taking in the spectacular views over Portland. We also visited the quality gift shop where we purchased a Christmas ornament.

Perhaps we weren't there at the best time (Late August) as some were slightly over and while we found the collection to be good, the experience was slightly underwhelming and no better than the Balboa Park rose garden in our own city of San Diego -- perhaps we were expecting a bit more 'wow'.

After the Rose Garden, we spent time in the adjacent Japanese Garden (Entrance fee required) and rounded out our day's visit at the Hoyt Arboretum.

Note: The rose garden is free.

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Written 6 April 2020
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Colleen S
Portland, OR19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Acres of roses with a breathtaking view over the city of Portland, this oasis of color and fragrance is the pinnacle of must-visit sites in the city. From April to October roses bloom in profusion, but even in off-months the paths, occasional blooms, proximiity to downtown and wilds of Forest Park trails makes the Rose Test Garden the true heart of Portland, the Rose City. It's free. There's good bus access, train and free shuttle, and you can even walk (uphill) to here from downtown in 30 minutes.
Written 23 November 2021
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KYLE W
Argyle, TX34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We really enjoyed our time at the International Rose Tes Garden. The area is well kept, and the roses are abundant. We walked around for about 40 minutes and took lots of pictures. They have restroom facilities, a small food stand and a small gift shop. There is no charge for admission - but you can make a donation if you choose. Parking is all around the area and it may take a few minutes to find a spot.
Written 20 August 2022
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Jim W.
Atlanta, GA1,302 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It is hard to imagine a dedicated rose garden that would be more impressive than this one, so I'm giving it a '5'.

The garden is located in Washington Park, not far from downtown Portland. The only real challenge here is parking. The adjacent lot is quite small, so be prepared to drive past the garden and down the twisty hillside road. There are spaces along here with varying degrees of difficulty in parallel parking (not all spaces require that). You will pay to park, but the garden itself is free.

Once you hike back up to the garden, you are rewarded with an explosion of colors. There are about 3 distinct tiers of large flower beds. You begin at the top tier and can descend to the lower ones via several sets of stairs. The different types of roses are labeled.

Based on my limited experience with Portland weather, you are more likely to get sunshine after noon or 1 p.m., at least when we visited in July. Bright sunshine will help with any photography you do here (and you'll probably want to take a number of photos of the roses).

This is a really beautiful spot and is well worth a stop.
Written 3 August 2022
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coolinaz
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
The Rose Garden is a must visit for me every time I visit Portland. It is well maintained garden of serenity. There is no better place to immerse yourself in natures beauty. A place you can feel relaxed. There is a right way and a wrong way to see it. Do not make a fast brisk walk through the garden just to say you were there. Take it slow and easy. Enjoy the variety of Roses. It is a place where you can meditate and/or thrill in the display.
Written 25 July 2020
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bac26
Charlotte, NC1,029 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
After morning coffee I walked from the river to the rose garden. It was a good hike and uphill. The garden is located at a very high point of the city offering a view of Mt. Hood on a clear day. The garden was lovely and they have a nice gift shop with beverages including a rose lemonade that was delicious! No entrance fee too,
Written 24 July 2021
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Abigail W
Oregon22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
As far as really neat places in Portland, Oregon go (and it’s not called the City of Roses for nothing), this one really takes the cake (proverbially speaking). Basically, the International Rose Test Garden is what I’d call a highly awesome place to go — especially for those who want to stop and smell the roses from time to time, and for those who are photographers and have a liking for nature photography and capturing nature on film.

Plus, the really neat thing about the International Rose Test Garden is that it's free (which makes it different from the Japanese Gardens, although the Japanese Gardens are quite nice in their own way as well).

Located in Washington Park, this place really helps when it comes to inspiring people and showing them the beauty in nature. There are so many roses of every color and size that it can be hard to take them in all at once. So, it is best to take it in one step at a time.

Also, those who are photographers will really take a liking to this place, as they will find plenty of photo opportunities when it comes to the roses. 😇😎

In conclusion, I highly recommend the International Rose Test Garden for anyone who loves nature, photography or both. Also, I give it five stars (although ten stars would be even better). 😎
Written 27 January 2024
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AndreaUbok
Florida4,085 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We got off the free shuttle at the Rose garden and were blown away, it was just spectacular! We walked through 4.5 acres with over 10,000 plantings and 600 different varieties. Each Rose was marked with a name, date & code where we could get more information. We took so many photos here, my iPhone didn’t give all the colors justice. It was so fragrant yet they were no peas or insects visible. I’m glad I took an allergy pill this morning before we left.

There were clean bathrooms, lots of shady places to sit, a food truck, and a gift shop.
Written 21 June 2021
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Des Moines79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We had an awkward amount of time when leaving Oregon before going to the airport. The International Rose Test Garden was just the place to fill that extra 1.5 hours! It was so gorgeous, the fragrance was abundant, it was very well kept, and people were great about letting each family stay together and view particular spots together. Just to let you know how beautiful and unique the roses were, I took 71 photos and turned 3 of them into canvases for art for our home.
Highly recommend!
Written 31 August 2022
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Jessica K
Hillsboro, OR4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
A beautiful selection of roses (my favorites this year are "Twilight Zone" and "Sugar Plum"), and a large spacious area to walk around and admire them at your own speed. There's also the charming "Grande Duchesse Charlotte" rose that was planted in 1943 that can be found if you look hard enough. This park is also dog friendly, if you've got a dog who also likes to stop and smell the roses!

It's an outdoor garden and there isn't much cover, so check the weather before you head out -- and prepare sunblock or an umbrella as needed. Parking is easy (it is pay to park, however), and it's across the street from the Japanese Garden, which can make for a longer trip if you do both at the same time.
Written 21 October 2022
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