Know Before You Go
Car parking near the Portland International Rose Test Garden is extremely limited. Light rail, free shuttle (March–November), bus and walking are the best ways to reach the park.
The Portland International Rose Test Garden is the oldest official continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. Unofficially known as the Portland Rose Garden, the space features more than 10,000 roses. Hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world enjoy its sights and scents annually. The garden also offers spectacular views of downtown and Mount Hood.
The garden was conceived by Oregon Journal editor Jesse A. Currey in 1915 and approved by Portland Parks in 1917. It started as a safe haven for hybrid roses grown in Europe during World War I. Flowers began arriving in Portland in 1918, and the garden and amphitheater were dedicated in 1924. The grounds are split into several smaller areas: the Royal Rosarian Garden, the Shakespeare Garden and the Miniature Rose Garden.
It’s unsurprising that this garden, located in Washington Park, is one of the City of Roses’ signature landmarks. The garden is open daily, and admission is free. While great city views are offered year-round, the best rose-viewing months are May through September. (When you’re finished admiring the flowers, head just uphill to the majestic Portland Japanese Garden for more fabulous flora.)
Free Rose Garden Shuttle
The Explore Washington Park shuttle stops at all the park’s major attractions and the Washington Park MAX station. From March through September, the shuttle runs every 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m. daily. In October, the daily hours are reduced to 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and in November, the shuttle runs on weekends only, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
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By bus/light rail: TriMet bus #63 runs from Providence Park to Washington Park. The bus stops near the International Rose Test Garden and the Japanese Garden.
Washington Park is served by the MAX light rail blue and red lines. From the Washington Park MAX stop, transfer to the Washington Park Free Shuttle, which will bring you directly to the International Rose Test Garden.
By car: From downtown, take US 26W to exit 72 (Zoo/Forestry Center) and follow signs to Washington Park. Pay to park in designated lots and streets ($2 per hour). For real-time parking information and construction alerts and closures, visit explorewashingtonpark.com.
Round out your floral explorations of the Rose City with a visit to Southeast Portland’s lush Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. The park boasts more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, with blooms from late February -June.
Discover outdoor fun for the whole family — plus thousands of blooms — at Oregon’s oldest public rose garden.
A haven of meticulously maintained, tranquil beauty, proclaimed one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden offers meandering streams, intimate walkways and an unsurpassed view of Mount Hood.
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