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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

SE 28th Ave.and Woodstock St., Portland, OR 97214
503 771-8386
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Ranked #13 of 311 Attractions in Portland
Type: Gardens
Description: In the summer months, this peaceful park comes alive with brightly colored rhododendrons.
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Portland, Oregon
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157 reviews 157 reviews
58 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We went on a weekday morning and were the only people in this lovely get away in the center of the city. We picked this as a bird watching site since my companion was staying down town without a car-- getting here on the bus is super easy. The birding was just fine for an early fall day before the... More

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Long Beach, CA
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

It is free after Labor Day. Definitely a wonderful park to visit after lunch or before dinner. I brought my breakfast and enjoy it by the duck pond.

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Portland Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Naturally fed crystal clear springs feed the water features that anchor this beloved urban oasis, just steps from Reed College and Gigantic Brewing. Amazing opportunities for "nature in the City: -- I have seen photos of river otters playing in the gardens in the early morning; ospreys, ducks, geese, migratory birds are common. The most meditative gardens on the East... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We googled and went to the location. Google led us to a T-intersection and stated we were there. It was more to the right so a bit difficult to find. There are a few rhododendrons - less than I anticipated with the name of the garden. It is a large garden with lots of ponds where you can find different... More

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Happy Valley, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If you go after 6pm (I think), then it's free. And that's the best time to be there, really, as the sun gets low in the sky. Go in the late spring or early summer to see the most flowers.

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Portland, Oregon
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is a jewel in East Moreland. I drove by many times and did not know it was there. For a few dollars you can enjoy flower shows, fountains, meadows, ponds and water falls. A wonderful place for children and adults of all ages (some areas do demand some climbing and I don't think all the garden is accessible to... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Visiting the garden during blooming season is a delight. Even during off season, it has lovely grounds to stroll and see a variety of duck and geese, as well as the occasional great blue heron.

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Portland, Oregon, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

As the name suggests, this garden has many rhododendrons that produce beautiful flowers in the spring. The garden has many other plants also that bloom throughout the year, so you can have a nice visit even if the rhodys aren't in bloom. The garden was designed around Crystal Springs creek and pond, which are fed by a natural spring. The... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

There are always lots of ducks, geese, and red-wing blackbirds. This time we saw a blue heron fishing in the pond. The rhododendrons were mostly done, but the hydrangea there were beautiful.

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Perryville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Spent a morning with my 5 yo granddaughter wandering through this beautiful garden. The paths take you through scenic landscaping, near a small waterfall and by a lake. Some rhododendrons and irises were in bloom which added to its beauty. Enjoyed watching the water fowl, too. A lovely way to spend quality time with an energetic preschooler!

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