The International Rose Test Garden is simply amazing and a must-see when you are in Oregon, especially from May to September. We always bring our out-of-state visitors here and it tends to be the most memorable experience they have. We have even brought people here when the roses are not blooming because the views are so good.

Portland International Rose Test GardenPortland Oregon Rose Garden

Located in downtown Portland and part of the larger Washington Park, your kids can run around and enjoy themselves. There is an amphitheater and I believe that sometimes there is free live music here, but we have never seen anyone play here. There is also a massive playground next to it that is handicap accessible.

Here they have over 400 species of roses and this is why Portland is often referred to as the Rose City. The International Rose Test Garden offers great views of Portland and Mt. Hood. The Japanese Garden basically shares a parking lot with the rose test garden, so visiting both in one day would be easy and doable. You do have to pay for parking here, but it is not very much and the machines take credit cards. 20140615-180021.jpgThese photos were taken during late May and there were already tons of roses, but still, hardly any compared to the blooms that come out in late June. I have visited in August as well and there are blooms everywhere.

If you are looking for somewhere in Portland to take pictures of your kids or family photos this would be an ideal spot. After you are done here check out the historic Pittock Mansion. It’s nearby. 

Important  Tip: Do not take a rose, the fine is hefty. PDX Rose Garden

Portland’s International Rose Test Garden is a beautiful, beloved landmark in the city of roses. Not only is it the oldest official public rose garden in the United States, but it features hundreds of rose varieties and plenty of family-friendly activities and events. From breathtaking displays to educational classes and tours, there’s something for everyone at this incredibly popular spot. With its incredible beauty and history, the International Rose Test Garden is one of Portland’s must-see destinations.



As roses are a symbol of beauty, love, and appreciation – why not take a day to visit this amazing and historic destination? And don’t forget to capture those perfect moments with a few pictures of your favorite varieties! Now that you know more about what makes this garden so special, we invite you to share your own experience. What is your favorite garden in Portland, Oregon?


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