Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland

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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens are botanical gardens located between Reed College and the Eastmoreland Golf Course in southeastern Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon. The gardens, at Southeast 28th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard, cover 9.49acre, and are named for Crystal Springs Creek, which flows along its western side. Crystal Springs Gardens feature more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and other plants in a setting of small lakes, paved and unpaved paths, fountains, and small waterfalls.The gardens are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. from April through September and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. from October through March. Admission is $4 from March through Labor Day and free from Labor Day through the end of February.The project began in 1950 as a rhododendron test garden on a site previously covered with brush, blackberries, native trees, and the remnants of a Shakespeare theater developed by students of Reed College. In 1964, the park's name was officially changed to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.In addition to the manicured areas that make up most of the gardens, patches of less orderly shrubs, upland forest, marsh vegetation, and submerged logs attract wildlife, especially waterfowl, most prevalent in winter. The Rhododendron Society has counted 94 species in the garden, including grebes, herons, ducks, Canada geese, wigeons, gulls, thrushes, nuthatches, hummingbirds, and others.
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  • September 13, 2017
    The Crystal Springs Rhodedondrom Garden was quite lovely. Since we came by during the non-blooming season we didn't pay for admission but we also saw few flowers. The garden itself is very pretty and ...  more »
  • September 2, 2017
    Best visited in spring time, when rhododendrons are in an abundant bloom. All ponds, bridges, walkways, little waterfalls look absolutely natural. Bird lovers will find a variety of birds - both singi...  more »
  • August 29, 2017
    Every year the Rhodies are on sale for Mother's Day weekend, so it's very busy then. Otherwise, the winding paths and expansive pond provide wonderous view opportunities for families and kids!  more »
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  • June 10, 2017
    This place is amazing and only $5 per adult! Very extensive garden with a duck pond, several bridges, waterfalls, and great views. Lots of benches here and there. Most of it is wheelchair accessible. It is usually peaceful and not too crowded.
  • May 22, 2017
    This place is just okay. Not a must visit or anything like that. Entrance fee is reasonable. If you have a few hours and don't have anything better to do, go to this place. Lots of flowering plants. Small water bodies with lots of duck. But, didn't appear to be very well maintained. But, a walk in Forest Park is a much better option.
  • July 1, 2017
    Free on Monday n Tuesday. U can buy a couple bags of duck foods at the grocery stand down the hill. My kids love feeding the ducks! Beautiful garden with many water features!
  • May 21, 2017
    Beautiful place for a quiet walk. Stroller friendly for kids, multiple places to picnic in the sun or shade. Free before 10 AM and for kids under 12. The small parking lot is usually full, but there is usually easy parking across the street at Reed College. We went in late May and there were still plenty of blooms.
  • May 25, 2017
    Wonderful park, next to a golf course. It's great place with lots of paths to take a walk. It's amazing place to enjoy a quite picnic on a lawn surrounded by beautiful nature. When rhododendrons are in bloom is one of my favorite time to go there and take lots of amazing photos.

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