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International Rose Test Garden

400 Southwest Kingston Avenue, Portland, OR 97205-5883
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  • International Rose Test Garden
    Debi H
    5 Jun 29, 2014

    Everyone should visit the Rose Gardens. There are over 7,000 rose plants of approximately 550 varieties. The roses bloom from April through October with the peak coming in June, depending on the weather. It is the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States and exemplifies Portland's nickname of the City of Roses. During the summer we have nighttime concerts here, predominantly classical music concerts and a few plays.

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    Andrea L
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    5 Jun 07, 2014

    Absolutely beautiful! Even during the winter, the roses are just amazing. With so many varieties, even an avid rose connoisseur is sure to find something new to admire.

    It's beautiful and educational at the same time!

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    Julie Or Michael H
    5 Apr 10, 2014
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    Trinity
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    3 Nov 07, 2013

    Free admission! The free entry lured me here to the Rose Test Garden. Unfortunately I didn't see much roses in bloom. I think I would have had a better time walking the grounds if the rose bushes were in full bloom instead of one rose here and there. Evening sunset was a good time to walk around and the lighting was well suited for taking pictures of the garden.

    Parking was also free in the adjacent lot at the garden entrance.

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    Molly Freedenberg
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    5 Oct 18, 2013

    This living museum of rose varieties is so gorgeous, you'll almost always catch a wedding party taking pictures here. And not only are the flowers themselves beautiful, but the view of the city from the gardens is breathtaking.

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    Eric Brink
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    4 May 10, 2014

    This place has some similarities to the Berkeley Rose Garden. I'm only giving the International Rose Test Garden 4 Stars this time around, because nothing was really in bloom and there was no killer view of Mt. Hood in the Portland background. Past that, this is a beautiful place to walk and contemplate in any season, and well worth the trip up to Washington Park.

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  • International Rose Test Garden
    Heather Purnick
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    3 Nov 12, 2013

    Great view.

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    Rachel Patterson
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    4 Apr 06, 2014

    If the roses are in bloom, this is a lovely place to walk around. The flowers are beautiful and astonishing in their variety.

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    4 Feb 05, 2014

    In the city of Roses the International Rose Test Garden is a lesser know attraction but a pretty impressive one none the less. I have never seen so many types of roses before. Really something to see!

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    Margot B
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    5 Sep 28, 2013

    This 100-year-old garden is filled with seemingly every type of rose ever created (I know that's probably not the case, but it sure seems like it) and there are flowers in bloom here for months. There's also a large amphitheater, plenty of grassy play areas, tennis courts, and a small food truck selling hotdogs and the likes. It's also got some of the best views of downtown Portland set against a backdrop of Mount Hood. I think a lot of postcard photos are taken here.

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    Michael O
    5 Aug 23, 2013

    In Washington Park, the Internationally renowned garden for new and wonderful roses. You will see hybrids here that exist nowhere else.

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  • International Rose Test GardenPro 2014
    Alex L
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    4 Dec 10, 2012

    Roses. Lots of 'em. When your city is known as the City of Roses, you best believe the gardens will be magnificent. This one is tops, since there are literally thousands of varieties of roses. Just come in here and take it the smells is enough to make you 4.9% happier.

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  • International Rose Test Garden
    Twila Grissom
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    4 Sep 20, 2012

    Beautiful views of the city, a litany of roses, many hybrid colors and spots to sit and enjoy the peace of the garden above the city

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  • International Rose Test Garden
    Lisa Mansfield Steinberg
    5 Sep 02, 2012

    beautiful roses and rhododendron of every color and size! grounds are pristine and the views are AWESOME

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  • International Rose Test Garden
    Robin Vincent
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Beautiful overlook of Portland and great place to take some great photos of not only out beautiful name sake as "The City of Roses" but some great shots of Mt Hood.

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  • International Rose Test Garden
    Luke Hornof
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    If you like roses, you'll LOVE this place. Tons of roses. It's also got roses, roses, and more roses. Nice to walk around all the roses, great views of Mt. Hood from the roses. Also, be sure to check out the roses.

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  • International Rose Test Garden
    Lara Phillips
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    If you're into rose gardening, this place is heaven. Even if you aren't, it's a great place for a stroll and flower huffing. I'm not into flower varieties much but I was overwhelmed by all the beautiful blooms and great smells. Free, and can be visited in under an hour if you're not an avid horticulturist. Obviously more fun in non-winter months; probably safe to skip if you're visiting in February.

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    Eileen B
    4 Jun 01, 2014

    Great in june when the roses are in full bloom!

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    5 May 31, 2013
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4.5 out of 5
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215 people visited International Rose Test Garden
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A Portland legend since 1917, these magnificent gardens offer the perfect venue to unwind and enjoy the Rose City. Offering sweeping views of downtown, the gardens are the oldest of their kind in the United States, as well as the only institution on the continent that can give official awards to hybrid roses from around the globe. Be sure to visit in early summer; the roses begin blooming in May, ... read more
just in time for the annual June Rose Festival, when the flowers are at their peak. They will continue to blossom throughout the summer. Admission is free.

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