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Portland Sights

International Rose Test Garden

  • 400 SW Kingston Ave. Map It
  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/20/2013

Fodor's Review

Despite the name, these grounds are not an experimental greenhouse laboratory, but rather three terraced gardens, set on 4 acres, where 10,000 bushes and 400 varieties of roses grow. The flowers, many of them new varieties, are at their peak in June, July, September, and October. From the gardens you can see highly photogenic views of the downtown skyline and, on fine days, the Fuji-shaped slopes of Mt. Hood, 50 miles to the east. Summer concerts take place in the garden's

amphitheater. Take MAX light rail to Washington Park station, and transfer to Bus No. 63 (no weekend service) or Washington Park Shuttle (May–August only).

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400 SW Kingston Ave., Arlington Heights, Portland, Oregon, 97221, United States

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  • Free
  • Daily dawn–dusk

Updated 05/20/2013


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By Nicole

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Apr 1, 2006

Roses are a Must See

Any flower photographer will want to return to these gardens again and again. The wide variety of roses are a true delight. Dont miss the roses around the tennis courts.

By fran

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Mar 21, 2006

Roses are red, some are blue, this is a beautiful place but dont take your strollers with you!

Beautiful gardens, a must see for visitors. But, we had our 3 young children (twins in a stroller) and it's difficult to get around. The paths they do have are gravel and are slightly steep too. Go but leave the strollers at home!

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