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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

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Address: SE 28th Ave.and Woodstock St., Portland, OR 97214
Phone Number: 503 771-8386
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Description: In the summer months, this peaceful park comes alive with brightly colored...
In the summer months, this peaceful park comes alive with brightly colored rhododendrons.
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Stunning

So beautiful, and it smells like rich earth, especially after a rain. There is a bridge over a pond with ducks. A path is laid out for a modest walk, very peaceful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

So beautiful, and it smells like rich earth, especially after a rain. There is a bridge over a pond with ducks. A path is laid out for a modest walk, very peaceful.

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

What a lovely setting to see Rhododendrons and water fowl. Spring is best for the flowers but you can see lots of ducks and herons in Spring and Fall. Gently rolling paths take you through the gardens and to a small island. Free.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Photographer's paradise. Ducks, flowers, trails, ponds, fountains, outstanding vistas. I often go here to photograph senior portraits. It is close to Reed College which also has nice pathways and it's own gorge for wildlife. Go around Mother's Day to see the rhody's at their peak. I think it's free on Tuesdays.

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Sacramento, California
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27 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

A cross between Butchart Gardens and Ducks Unlimited! Located near the famous Reed College, this place is a magical mixture of flowers, waterfalls, lakes, ponds and waterfowl. Bring cracked corn to feed the ducks and a digital camera with LOTS of memory.

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Portland, Oregon
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I come here every year for their Mothers Day Rhody sale. Then i walk around and visit the ducks, swans, waterfalls, ponds, and soak in the natural beauty of blooming rhodys in every color. A respite vacation in the city. If you want to relax and get away, all you have to do is go to CSRG and walk around.... More 

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Portland, OR
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The gardens are spectacular in spring. We took friends from Argentina to see the gardens and they were overwhelmed by the beauty and variety of plants, the overall design of the gardens and the nearby ponds. Highly recommended for visitor to Portland, especially in the late spring when the rhodies are at their best. Strolling through nearby Reed College is... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Did a photo shoot in the gardens during their off season. Still a calm/ quite/ beautiful spot to walk around and take pictures. There is no fee during certain hours. Gotta check their website for that info.

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Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We visited in late January and only a few rhododendrons were beginning to bloom but the paths, ponds, shrubs and trees were lovely - and free this time of year.

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Portland, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Crystal Springs is a great place to stroll on pathways winding around the creek and the lake. Stop to read the plant identification tags and appreciate the wide variety of shrubs, trees, ferns, and perennials (not just Rhododendrons). During fall and spring migrations, the lake is a popular stopover for Canada Geese heading south or north. Note the considerable size... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

It's amazing how many folks don't know that this gem exists. It's like walking through the Wardrobe...enter thru the gate and it's a world you didn't expect. Beautiful paths lined with old rhodies and azaleas, ducks for kids to feed, little lake, very picturesque and peaceful.

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