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International Rose Test Garden

  • 400 S.W. Kingston Ave. Map It
  • West Hills
  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 10/28/2014

Fodor's Review

Despite the name, these grounds are not an experimental greenhouse laboratory, but rather three terraced gardens, set on 4½ acres, where more than 10,000 bushes and some 550 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 take in 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. It's a pretty but hilly 30- to 40-minute walk from downtown, or you can get here via MAX light rail (either to Washington Park or Kings Hill/S.W. Salmon Street stations); then transfer to Bus No. 63 (no weekend service) or Washington Park shuttle (late May–early September only).

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

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 7:30 am–9 pm

Updated 10/28/2014


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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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