Rhododendrons Done Right

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.

Pink rhododendron

View of the lake

Beautiful salmon-colored rhodie

Ma & Pa Canada Goose and family

Linda and the bright pink rhodie

Fountain in the lake

Rhodies and azaleas

Pink varigated rhododendron

Pale pink rhododendron

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.

Additional Links:

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens – City of Portland

TripAdvisor – Things to Do in Portland: Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens

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6 Responses to Rhododendrons Done Right

  1. Nancy Senn says:

    That’s what I love about Portland, the Rhododendrons are are like trees; in Richmond they are like bushes. <3

    • Lois says:

      Nancy, I’d never seen rhododendrons until I moved north – they apparently don’t grow in the Southwest! I did fall in love with their brilliant flowers, though. Simply gorgeous!

  2. Marilyn says:

    Beautiful pics, Lois. And looks like you had the perfect day for your visit. Hope you’re enjoying this heat wave. Marilyn

  3. Linda says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us. xoxox