1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
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.
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 PM - Ribbon 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!
ALL DAY ACTIVITIES
Food and Special Treats
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.
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.