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Elk Rock Garden, Portland

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 20 reviews on the web
Elk Rock Gardens of the Bishop's Close are located on a hillside estate overlooking the Willamette River in Dunthorpe, Oregon, in the United States. Peter Kerr started the gardens in 1916 on a 13acre estate that passed to the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon after his death in 1957. The estate includes a manor house and other structures, and is open to the public.Magnolias and other native and non-native trees, shrubs, and plants grow in the gardens. Dunthorpe is an unincorporated community on the west side of the Willamette south of Portland and north of Lake Oswego along Oregon Route 43.HistoryKerr moved to Portland from Scotland in 1888 and started a grain business. He and his brother and Kerr's business partner bought land on the hillside in the early 1890s. They built a cottage on the site and lived there until the other two men married and moved elsewhere. Kerr, the sole remaining occupant, married Laurie King in 1905. They lived in the cottage until 1916, when a new house resembling a Scottish manor was completed on the site. John Olmsted of the Olmsted Brothers landscape architects, sited the house to provide a view of Mount Hood. After the manor was finished, Kerr, encouraged by his wife, began work on a large garden.
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  • Its peaceful and lovely walking these paths. Its a fine example of a mature Portland garden. The setting is lovely and a nice way to spend time. One note: Portlanders that garden like to visit so that...  read more »
  • We visited Elk Rock Garden on a mild Monday in April. First off let me say that it is very important to get the correct address - 11800 SW Military LANE - not just Military, not Military Circle and no...  read more »
  • Went in April and this garden is so old and so unique and quiet!! Gorgeous colors and interesting plants. 
  • This is a beautiful hidden garden over looking the Willammette River. If you want a quiet place to walk around and enjoy nature come here. I have been in the spring and fall and each season is wonderful. There are lots of little paths to follow and you can look over to the other side of the river in some places. There usually isn't too many people here and it's free so that is a plus.
  • Beautiful gardens and view. Quiet and quite private. We were the only folks there beside the gardeners.
  • Quiet, beautiful, and serene.
  • New blooms every month, quiet, peaceful, restorative.
  • Amazing bright blooming plants and huge trees. An underappreciated gem.
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