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International Rose Test Garden, Portland

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Boasting about 7,000 rose plants in 550 different varieties, International Rose Test Garden helps Portland live up to its nickname "the city of roses." The city set up the rose test garden during World War I to protect hybrid roses grown in Europe, which rose lovers feared would be destroyed in the bombings. You can see roses from all over the world, as the public garden receives a steady stream to test. Explore its 1.8 hectares (4.5 acres) and discover the amphitheater, Shakespeare garden, and Gold Medal garden of award-winning plants. If it is a clear day, you can admire superb views of the Cascade Mountains. Bring along a picnic to enjoy in the spacious grassy area; the gardens do not have a restaurant. Make International Rose Test Garden a centerpiece of your Portland vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Portland road trip planning tool.
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  • This was the perfect activity for our 2 hours between checking out of our hotel and going to the airport. We spent about 1.5 hours here, and that included photographing 75 flowers. The roses were so.....  more
    This was the perfect activity for our 2 hours between checking out of our hotel and going to the airport. We spent about 1.5 hours here, and that included photographing 75 flowers. The roses were so.....  more »
  • All kinds of roses. We were surprised to see different variants of roses. All colors. Best to bring sunblock and a hat, as it gets pretty hot during summer. Lovely place to walk and hike. 2 stores... 
    All kinds of roses. We were surprised to see different variants of roses. All colors. Best to bring sunblock and a hat, as it gets pretty hot during summer. Lovely place to walk and hike. 2 stores...  more »
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  • An awesome place to visit! You get to see so many varieties of roses and colors ! It’s very gorgeous and feels so good. Best of all there is no entry free to visit this place. You just need to get parking or can opt for pay by your parking. Do visit this place in jun end types for full bloom. You can easily spend two hours.. there is also a open area where you could plan a picnic with kids n enjoy leisurely the beautiful garden! You can’t get enough pics of the roses !
  • All the roses are in full bloom now! Now is the best time to see this garden! This Free entrance rose garden is one of the best rose garden I ever seen. So many pretty roses! It surely is garden lover’s dream come true. Try to avoid the huge crowds go on weekdays or late afternoon on the weekends. Parking is a little hard to fine, but I can guarantee you that this place is worth your patience to drive around for a parking spot.

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