Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens, Portland Oregon

Come walk with me through Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens in Portland, Oregon!  I've never been good at taking a selfie, need more practice, but was trying to show you how pretty the gardens behind me are.

Let's Walk
Across the street is Reed College where my daughter was touring for her job as a college counselor.  So, I occupied myself by enjoying the gardens.  Luckily, we happened to be there on a Monday........and Monday is free!

The location of the gardens is listed as between Reed College and East Moreland Golf Course.  Has 9.49 acres, and 2500 plants of Rhododendron, Azaleas and companion plants.  Many donated, and many purchased with proceeds from entrance fees, which is usually $5.00.  Summer hours are 6 am to 10 pm, from April 1st through Sept 30th.  And while I lucked out and hit it on a free day (just happened, we didn't know), it's well worth the $5.00 fee the rest of the week.

The oldest Rhododendron planted in the garden was planted back in 1917!  The land was originally owned by William S. Ladd, a 2 term major back in the 1800's.  He called it Crystal Springs Farm.  

Students at Reed College historically referred to the area as Shakespeare Island, because college performances of Shakespeare took place there.

It's quite pretty, serene a wonderful place to walk, or have a picnic or just sit in the shade and enjoy the beauty.

There are handicap accessible walkways.

While I missed the prime blooming season, it was still a very enjoyable visit.  Prime blooming season is Late April to mid May.  

PLEASE leave me a comment when you come visit, so I know you were here. Your visits and comments are very special to me. AND remember, leave your name and url and not your google+ profile link or your blogger profile link. Name and url takes me right to your blog post so I can reciprocate the visit. Profile pages do not.


  1. Flowers and Portland just go together. This looks like a most lovely place to explore.

    Loved the rose festival I attended a few years ago. Beautiful.

    Have a fabulous day and rest of the week.

    Comedy Plus @ ♥

    1. Right you are about flowers and Portland. All the roses everywhere were so pretty. Thanks for the visit, you have a great wk as well.

  2. It's always nice to hit the free day. Looks lovely, even if it isn't "high" season.

    Liz A. from Laws of Gravity

    1. Right you are Liz, and thanks for the visit.

  3. Beautiful! And you must be so proud of your daughter. Also, congratulations on such a wonderful wedded mile marker. I'm glad to have found your blog, so thanks for the visit.

    1. Thanks for the visit Darla, always nice to see you. It's been awhile. Indeed proud of my daughter.

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