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Don’t Forget to Stop and Smell the Roses

Portland’s International Test Garden is Blooming


This Portland landmark was founded in 1917 and is the oldest continuously running public test garden in the United States. The Portland Rose Garden was originally intended to be safe haven for Europe’s hybrid roses during World War I and has since evolved into being one of Portland’s most extensive gardens, offering over 10,000 roses with 650+ varieties.

Since the Portland Rose Garden is perched on top of Washington Park hill, it offers breathtaking views of Mt. hood and Portland’s city scape. Admission is free and the park is open daily. The best rose-viewing times are May through September. If you need help wondering the park, guided tours for groups of 10 or more are available during the year for a fee ($5) per person. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Call 503.823.3664 to make arrangements.

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