Playing a little catch-up here – these Gardens are so spectacular I thought I’d share the pics anyway, even though it’s a been a couple of months since Linda and I visited them.
Portland, Oregon is home to the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens, almost 10 acres of flowers, water, ducks, geese, and all around wonderfulness in the city. Although it’s now past the “high season” for the rhododendron and azalea blooms themselves, the gardens still provide an oasis of peace and quiet for both people and birds.
On an afternoon in May of this year, my friend, Linda, and I spent a few hours among the gorgeous blossoms, watching little kids feed the wood ducks and Canada geese, enjoying the clear blue sky and puffy white clouds, and the sounds of the fountains in the little lake. In May, there are quite a few bird mothers with babies – perhaps there will still be some families making their way around the lake if you go this summer. No matter the time of year, these gardens are a wonderful place to visit; if you haven’t been yet, go now! And then come back at another time when the flowers are all in bloom.
The gardens are free from Labor Day through February and also on Mondays and Tuesdays, although it is well worth the $4 admission charge at any other time.
CLICK HERE to see more photos from the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens.