If you’re lucky enough to stop in Portland, then make sure you don’t miss out on the wonderful outdoor attraction - International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. About ten thousands of thick rose bushes can be found in International Rose Test Garden, as well as thousands more across the city. Founded in 1917, the rose garden emphasizes Portland's nickname "The City of Roses". During World War I, rose hobbyists saved European plant species from being destroyed in the bombing.
Covering 4.5 acres of the West Hills, the garden follows the major garden mission to test and preserve new rose hybrids. The roses are blooming from April to November. However, the peak of blooming is June and July. International Rose Test Garden includes Shakespearean Garden, Gold Medal Garden, and Miniature Rose Garden. The garden offers a picturesque vista of Portland downtown and multiple snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascade Mountains with Mount Hood in the center rising behind the city. The amphitheater stage hosts events and classical music performances.
International Rose Test Garden is a key location if you want to take a look at the city’s famous roses, but make sure you don’t miss out on the Asian-inspired Portland Japanese Garden.
Japanese Garden is just a short walk up from the International Rose Test Garden, also, the free Garden Shuttle is available. Just next to the rose garden you will find tennis courts and Rose Garden Children's Park. To get to Oregon Zoo you can ride Washington Park & Zoo Railway (do not forget to buy zoo admission).
You can get to Japanese Garden and Rose Test Garden from Kings Hill Station. It is approximately a one-mile walk from the station up SW Salmon up the hill, take a right on SW King Ave, and a left on SW Park Place. Continue SW Park Place up the hill to a Washington Park entrance.