Explore the International Rose Test Garden

Oregon International Rose Test Garden

Added by Alex Anderson

Photograph and explore this historic rose garden, which was started during World War I to preserve the world's roses.

The International Rose Garden located in Washington Park near downtown Portland is a must stop on your visit to the Rose City. The City of Roses, as Portland as known, won't let you down. Portland is host to the largest Rose Test Garden in the U.S. The 5 acre park, with over 7,000 rose bushes, and 500 different varieties has been impressing visitors since 1917. In the middle of the first world war, Portland's Rose Society decided to start growing European Roses that may be lost in the destruction of the war. Over the years the amazing garden continued to grow into what it is today. This beautiful garden is open sunup to sundown daily. The roses bloom from April til October and the best time of year is June. This place is also famous for popping the big question, so if you are looking for that perfect spot to ask someone to marry you, then The International Rose Test Garden might be that memorable place you are looking for!

The garden is just 1.5 miles west of downtown Portland. It is just a 15 minute walk or a 5 minute cab ride. Portland is also home to a ton of breweries, which are just a short walk from the park. While in Portland, grab a jalapeno beer at Rogue Brewery, enjoy the city skyline by eating at City Grill, and watch The Portland Timbers (2015 MLS Champs) play! All of this is within walking distance of the Rose Garden.

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  • Rain Jacket/ Umbrella
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Spring, Summer, Autumn



Easy Parking
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about 2 months ago

International Rose Garden, Portland OR

The Rose Garden is a very relaxing and calm place to visit. There are vary fragrant roses to stop and smell. It's also gorgeous to see right after it rains. It wonderful to read a book and snap some pictures but not a place you could spend hours and hour exploring. I visit the rose garden often and I recommend to stop and smell the roses.

about 2 months ago

2 months ago

Stop To Smell The Roses

I recommend going to the rose garden in June or July...the roses smell amazing.I love to read the names of all the different roses.My husband and I have been there twice...I think it's a romantic place to take a date.

2 months ago

Added by Alex Anderson

I grew up hunting and fishing the back woods of Louisiana all winter, and backpacking the mountains all summer. I try to spend every free moment skiing, backpacking, fishing or finding an adrenaline rush!

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