International Rose Test Garden
Opened in 1917 during the height of World War I, the Rose Test Garden soon became a safe haven for European rose hybrids that would otherwise have been destroyed by battles and bombs. It's still a working test garden, with bulbs and cuttings sent here from around the world to be monitored for color, scent, disease resistance and more.
Now one of the largest rose gardens in America, the Test Garden has over 600 rose varieties and more than 9,500 bushes. Special features of the Garden include one of only six miniature rose test gardens in America; a Shakespeare Garden, where the rose varieties are named for characters in the Bard's plays and a natural amphitheater, which hosts plays and classical music concerts in warmer months. Roses bloom here from April through October, typically peaking in June.
Set on 4.5 multi-level acres facing downtown Portland, East Portland and the Willamette River, the International Rose Test Garden is an ideal place to get your city bearings from above, as well as catch a glimpse of the Cascades and Mt Hood.
Tours & Tickets
Experience one of the Pacific Northwest’s most dynamic cultural hubs on this small-group Portland sightseeing tour. As you travel by luxury Mercedes van with ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
See Portland’s best sights and the spectacular natural beauty of the nearby Columbia River Gorge with this combo tour. Use your 2-day hop-on hop-off ... Read more
Duration: 2 days (approx.)