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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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100 Years of Roses - International Rose Test Garden Centennial Celebration

  • Centennial Sunshine Rose Commemorating 100 years of roses at the International Rose Test Garden

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2017 IRTG Centennial Celebration

Saturday, August 26 2017, 11:00 AM
to 8:30 PM
International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park, 400 SW Kingston Avenue

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of this iconic Portland treasure! Wander the garden and discover music, art, and fun for the whole family among the roses.

Musicians in the Garden

Thank you to our partners at Young Audiences for curating the wonderful musicians and entertainers that played throughout the Garden during the Centennial Celebration. 

  • Camino Uptown - Pan-American percussion, guitar and voice,
  • Blue Orchid - Accordian and strings
  • Phil and Gayle Neuman - Renaissance instruments
  • A Walker Spring - Singer/Songwriter
  • Rebecca Gates - Sound scapes
  • Lorna Dune - Toy piano
  • Natalia Hougen - Russian folk
  • Ali Muhareb - Kaleidoscopic electronic blended with live instrumentation
  • Nuesto Canto - Central American folk
  • Dolphin Midwives - Electric Harp
  • Tim Roth - Cowboy jazz
  • Alan SIngley - Family oriented pop rock
  • Greta Peterson - Folk

About the Garden

The International Rose Test Garden is consistently named as Oregon’s best free attraction, and has delighted visitors from around the globe for 100 years. The Garden serves as a trial ground for new rose varieties, as well as an exhibition space. Incorporated in 1917, the garden helped solidify Portland’s title as the City of Roses, and also created a sanctuary for European-grown roses during World War I that were threatened by bombings. It is now the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States and hosts nearly 700,000 visitors each year. The garden covers 4.5 acres, and is home to more than 10,000 individual rose plants and approximately 650 varieties. Roses are typically in bloom from May to October, peaking in the month of June.

The International Rose Test Garden is owned and managed by Portland Parks & Recreation.