- Hours: Open daily
- Reservations: None
- Cost: Free admission
- Location: West of Downtown, driving directions below
- How Long: Allow half an hour for a casual stroll, up to several hours depending on your level of interest
- Best Time to Visit: Early through late summer, but very crowded in June during the Rose Festival
Portland Rose Garden Review
Five acres in Washington Park were set aside here as a rose-growing test garden in 1917. During World War I, the Portland Rose Garden became a haven for varieties European growers feared would be destroyed during the bombing, and today it is the oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States with more than 8,000 rose plants.
The roses are planted in rows, and it's easy to get up close to "smell the roses," or to capture their beauty with your camera. Other than seeing the flowers, there's not much else to do at the Portland Rose Garden, and it appeals most to gardeners and photographers. However, the views of downtown Portland on a clear day, with Mount Hood in the background, make it worth the trip for anyone.
If you're besotted by the blossoms, the Portland Rose Garden gift shop sells rose-scented, painted and shaped souvenirs of all sorts.
Getting to the Portland Rose Garden
Portland Rose GardenExit OR 26 at any of the exits marked for the Zoo and follow the signs to the Portland Rose Garden. You can also use Portland's excellent public transportation system. The MAX Blue Line and MAX Red Line both go there, as does Bus Line 63-Washington Park.
400 SW Kingston
Portland, OR 97201
Portland Rose Garden website
Parking near the Portland Rose Garden is limited, but you can park anywhere in Washington Park and take the convenient shuttle, which runs every 15 minutes (weekends only after Labor Day1).
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1 Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September.