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.
We were truly lucky to have Bob as our tour guide. I would never have found this on my own.
Quoting 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.
Not only humans were enjoying the gardens but there were also plenty of water fowl.
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.
I’m not good at identifying plants or flowers but I do love purple… and flowers!
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.
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.
There are three waterfalls in the gardens.
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.
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.
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