Portland – part two – a glorious afternoon at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

After showing us the wonderful Cathedral Park and St Johns Bridge, Bob took us to the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. Wow is all I can say.

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

We were truly lucky to have Bob as our tour guide. I would never have found this on my own.

Crystal Springs Rhododendron GardenQuoting from the website, the garden has more than 2000 species & hybrid rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and related plants growing in garden arrangements. The garden covers approximately five acres in the Eastmoreland neighborhood of southeast Portland.

http://www.rhodies.org/xtal/csg_index.htm

Not only humans were enjoying the gardens but there were also plenty of water fowl.

http://www.rhodies.org/xtal/csg_index.htm

No, the little boy was not an albino but there was so much glare on one side and so much shade on the other I couldn’t find a good balance. But I liked the waterfall.

http://www.rhodies.org/xtal/csg_index.htm

I’m not good at identifying plants or flowers but I do love purple… and flowers!

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

There were a lot of paths to follow. All three of us went off in different directions. When it was time to return to the entrance I was in a slight panic as I was totally lost. But somehow I made it back.

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Although I wandered quite far, there were still some areas I didn’t get to. I could have spent a few days exploring the park as it was so beautiful.

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

There are three waterfalls in the gardens. Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Originally a testing garden for rhododendrons the park is no longer used for that purpose. Completely surrounded by water, the garden is popular for weddings.

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

The rhododendrons are in bloom from early March through the middle of June. The peak bloom period coincides with Mother’s Day in May. So we were there almost at the peak in late April.

To enjoy some more photos below please click on one to start the slide show.

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15 thoughts on “Portland – part two – a glorious afternoon at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

  1. Maria F. May 2, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    Marvelous, what a great place to be in, what flowers!

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    • RMW May 2, 2015 / 9:39 pm

      Maria, it is a really spectacular place.

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  2. Amy May 3, 2015 / 2:59 am

    A beautiful garden via your lens, Roslyn! 🙂 I missed this garden when I visited Portland last June.

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    • RMW May 3, 2015 / 6:37 pm

      I would not have known about it either on my own.

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  3. ntexas99 May 3, 2015 / 9:27 am

    Truly spectacular, and thanks for sharing all the photos. All the bursts of color, and wildlife, and the water features and waterfalls, so many lovely paths and bridges, even the benches and the woodwork of the gates and fences. All of it, a feast for the eyes. Gloriously captured in your photos. 🙂

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    • RMW May 3, 2015 / 7:06 pm

      Thank you, I’m so glad I have the photos to look at all the beauty again.

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  4. Jackie May 3, 2015 / 2:08 pm

    Wonderful captures of a beautiful place. 🙂

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    • RMW May 3, 2015 / 6:39 pm

      Thanks, Jackie

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  5. Jill Weatherholt May 3, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing these stunning photos, Roslyn. I would have had a hard time getting off that bridge…so lovely.

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    • RMW May 3, 2015 / 6:38 pm

      I had a hard time leaving

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  6. anotherday2paradise May 7, 2015 / 4:32 am

    What a glorious display, Roslyn! I can think of much worse places to get lost in. 🙂

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    • RMW May 7, 2015 / 7:26 am

      That is so true!

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