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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  • One of my very favorite places to go, any time of the year. Meandering trails, beautiful rhodies, and other flora, large lake, lots of ducks. So much to look at, the setting is just gorgeous, shaded, ...  more »
  • If you want a personal, serene way to spend the day with children, a partner and/or friends, go to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. There is a small fee to enter. There are ponds, springs, geese, ...  more »
  • The Park is very well taken care of, the area around the Lake is beautiful and surprising the quantity and quality of rhododendrons, I think are more than a hundred families of this plant, that are properly marked in small plates next to each plant. Illustrative ride!
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  • This garden is a hidden treasure in Portland for anyone who enjoys nature in a quiet peaceful setting. Each area is a unique experience and can be appreciated from different perspectives almost like a Japanese garden. A great place to read, unwind, enjoy a walk, watch wildlife, meditate or just enjoy time in nature in the middle of town. In the spring it's spectacular but it's beautiful all year round. The rustic feel and quintessential NW flora make this place one of many icons of "home" I enjoy proudly sharing with visitors. While no destination is for everyone, if you enjoy a beautiful garden, you will enjoy this one.
  • Beautiful place for a walk but car window was smashed while in the parking lot. There is a sign warning you to not leave valuables in your car. Maybe this is not an unusual occurrence?!
  • Beautiful park. Great botanical collection. Lots of water features and wildlife including beaver and river otters. Great location for photography.
  • 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.
  • Looks like its a beautiful place to take family are your old lady.

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