In the "City of Roses," one of the best places for Portlanders to "stop and smell the roses" is the International Rose Test Garden. Located in Washington Park, it’s a free destination for a romantic afternoon. The 4.5-acre garden is filled with around 10,000 varieties. Here, new hybrids vie for several competitions including The City of Portland’s Gold Medal Awards.
Visitors enjoy relaxing on a bench and taking in the sensory delight with an endless rainbow of color and enchanting aroma. Look for the Shakespeare Garden that features many of the plants in the playwright's plays. A gift shop sells mementos and also accepts donations. Roses bloom June through early fall, making summer the best time to visit.
International Rose Test Garden
400 SW Kingston Avenue
Portland, OR 97255