Portland Rose Garden – a must visit

By August 28, 2017

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welcome sign to the international Rose Garden in Portland Oregon I covered briefly in the Portland Rose Garden in my article about my first two days in Portland, but I only briefly covered this and didn’t really do the place justice. It officially the oldest continuously operated public rose test garden in the whole of the United States and while 100 years might not seem long compared to some in the UK, the US only became a country 240ish years ago so it’s nearly half the time.

The site is 4.5 acres (1.8 hectares) large and contains more than 8,000 roses with over 650 different varieties. Something for everyone.

rose archway wall at the international Rose Garden in Portland Oregon

Even someone like myself who can’t tell the differences between one rose and another I could still appreciate the beauty of the space.

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400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA

Getting here:

You can drive but parking is very limited so you can either light rail, bus or even the free shuttle bus. There is also my way which is to walk there but this isn’t for everyone and might not be possible where you’re staying. (the free shuttle run from April to October).


While there is parking near by its very limited, please see above for the best way to get to the Rose Gardens.


rose archway wall at the international Rose Garden in Portland Oregon


The gardens themselves are free to explore. There are also free public tours every day at 1 pm whereby an expert will walk you through the gardens giving you a lot more detailed information about the different species and more information and history about the gardens. It’s recommended you meet at the Rose Garden store around 12:45. Due to time restrictions, I was unable to take advantage of the guides, however, if I did manage to go back I would be making sure I did. I have heard some wonderful stories about them.

If you are in a group of 11 or more you can request your own private tour for a small fee.

Opening Hours:

The park is open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 9 pm


amphitheatre at the international Rose Garden in Portland Oregon

Events / concerts:

While the gardens have a wonder amphitheatre it’s also celebrating its 100 years of Roses this year so there are some many events. Too many for me to list here – so I would recommend checking out the official website for more details.


While the park is open all year round – the best months to visit is between May and September when the park is in full blossom.

Red rose at the international Rose Garden in Portland Oregon


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