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phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204


1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Ashley Colder, Special Projects, Lands Stewardship Division


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100 Years of Roses - International Rose Test Garden Centennial Celebration

  • We'll help get you there! Take TriMet MAX and the Washington Park FREE Shuttle. Click for details!

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

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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.

Photo of Pilón d'Azucar band

11:00 AM - Event kickoff, including remarks from City Commissioner Eudaly and PP&R Director Mike Abbaté, plus FREE cupcakes (while supplies last!)

6:00 PMRibbon Cutting for the ADA Accessibility Bond Project, with City Commissioner Fritz

6:30 PM - Free concert in the Rose Garden Amphitheater by Pilón d'Azucar. Bring your chairs, blankets, food, family, and friends to enjoy the Cuban salsa, timba, and Afro-Cuban jazz sounds of these amazing musicians!


  • Music stationed among the roses - full artist line-up from our partners at Young Audiences to come!
  • Follow the Rose Finder: a discovery guide to the most interesting blooms in the garden
  • Crafts for adults and kids, watercolor painting, face painting, temporary rose tattoos
  • Rose Garden Tours
  • Student art from 60 Portland Public Schools on display

Food and Special Treats

  • Public debut of Rose City Centennial flavor by Salt & Straw! A bright red raspberry rose sherbet with streaks of grassy-green matcha ice cream - it's like a whole rose, steam and all, folded into scoop form.
  • Rose ice tea samples
  • Food vendors

Take MAX and the Shuttle

Photo of Explore Washington Park Shuttle

We'll help you get there! Park at the SmartPark on SW 10th and Morrison Street where we will be handing out 1,500 free TriMet tickets. Ride TriMet Max to the Oregon Zoo station, and catch the Free Explore Washington Park shuttle to the Rose Garden. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes throughout Washington Park.

Click to view a larger image of this transit map.

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.