Here in Portland, Oregon we are blessed with the perfect combination of rain and sun. Yes, I did use the word blessed in the same sentence as rain, but here me out. I say blessed because have you ever noticed how green it is in Portland? Green is everywhere. As a result of this wonderful combination we have really beautiful parks and gardens, such as the International Rose Test Garden, the Japanese Garden, and the Lan Su Chinese Garden. One garden that often gets overlooked is the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.
The garden is on SE 28th avenue near Reed College. The garden is nestled between Reed College and Eastmoreland Golf Course and surrounds Crystal Springs Lake. The lake was created when Crystal Springs was dammed to create the golf course. In the 1950’s the Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society decided it would be a great place for a garden, and once you go for a visit you will see they were right.
We went last weekend, and although we were a couple of weeks past peak bloom. It was still very pretty.
The original location of the garden is on an island in the middle of Crystal Springs Lake. The island is a popular place for weddings. On the back side of the island you can see Eastmoreland Golf Course.
There are lots of scenic paths that wind past waterfalls, rhododendrons and azaleas and along the lake.
At only $4 for admission it is well worth the price. The garden is also very close to one of my favorite Portland neighborhoods, Sellwood. Combining the garden with lunch or dinner in Sellwood makes for a great afternoon.by