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“Free and beautiful place for a stroll”

International Rose Test Garden
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$60.00*
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Best of Portland City Afternoon Tour
Ranked #1 of 445 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States boasts more than 8,000 roses.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Free and beautiful place for a stroll”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

Strolled through here in early October and so many roses still in bloom. Nice place to visit and free. Great place to take photos. Right below the Japanese Garden, a bit of a drive up once you get into Washington Park.

Visited October 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Beautiful visit!”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

If you are here in the summer or early fall, you must visit. We went in September when all the roses were perfect. I suggest that you go early in the morning if you go on a weekend. We were there by 8:30 and by 10, it was getting pretty crowded and the parking lot was full. Great view of Portland from this location and you can see Mt. Hood so well on a nice day. Had a bit of a challenge with the GPS in getting to the garden because of some odd one-way streets, so make sure you have a map or get good directions. Happy sniffing!

Visited September 2012
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Cheshire UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Good when you get there”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

Baking hot day but Mt Hood visible in the distance. A must for rose lovers and those wanting a break from downtown.

Travel by tram to the zoo and then wait for a bus (which aren't that frequent out of season i.e. after Labor Day) as it is a long walk through the park but don't expect help from the bus driver, maybe he was having a bad day.

Visited September 2012
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Surrey, BC, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The roses' perfume is wonderful”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

With easy access to almost all of the garden by wheelchair, the garden is a great place to spend a couple of hours. The variety of roses is amazing; their colors are sometimes quite astounding but the most wonderful aspect of the International Rose Test Garden is the fragrance of the place. I could spend hours just inhaling the perfume. I don't know what they do with all the petals after they fall on the ground but I would hope that they are collected and turned into fragrance products to be sold for the benefit of the garden.

Visited October 2012
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful!”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

We traveled in October and there were still so many roses! Thank you that this is still free!!!! It is such a beautiful and peaceful place and a nice drive up into the hills.

Visited October 2012
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