Tucked away in Washington Park, one of the largest urban parks in our nation, are the International Rose Test Gardens. The Rose Garden contains 10,000 plantings of 550 rose varieties and boasts one the most photographed view of the City of Roses with Mt Hood towering in the distance.
Portland’s International Rose Test Garden is the oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. The primary purpose of the garden is to serve as a testing ground for new rose varieties. An early summer trip to Portland is not complete without a visit.
Peninsula Park Rose Garden
Older, but not as well known, the Peninsula Park Rose Garden is located in north Portland. As you step into the sunken rose garden, you walk through lush paths, sweeping archways and over two acres packed with 10,000 traditional rose plantings.
Portland Japanese Garden
Nestled in the hills just west of the Rose Gardens are the Portland Japanese Garden. The tranquil beauty and serene settings have made these gardens one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. The grounds of this 5.5 acre have been designed with careful use of plants, stones and water features, providing many peaceful spots for meditation and contemplation.
The Portland innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild can offer tips on the best time to go and the best way to get there. Many of our inns are located close to TriMet's MAX light rail lines and buses that have routes right into Washington Park so you have the opportunity to Go Green!
For the best of Portland Oregon Lodging choose a Portland Oregon Bed and Breakfast when taking your vacation in the City of Roses.