Opened in 1913, Peninsula Park Rose Garden is Portland’s first public garden. Designed specifically for beauty, fragrance and color, this spectacular garden has been delighting local, national and international visitors for more than a century.
The rose garden, located in Portland’s Piedmont neighborhood, is sunken, with six-foot slopes and a large central fountain that cascades into an elliptical pool. The French formal design is symmetrical, with four mirrored quadrants surrounding the fountain. Each of the four entrances provides visitors with a distinct panoramic view of the garden and leads directly to the central fountain via patterned brick walkways.
With large access ramps at the south and north terraces, along with level brick and grass walkways, the garden is also one of the most accessible public gardens in Portland. The north terrace features the garden’s long-time companion, an octagonal bandstand. This popular site for weddings and family celebrations is the only remaining bandstand of its kind in the city. The structure was designated a Portland Historic Landmark in 1973.