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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 #11 of 308 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, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
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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Portland OR
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10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Parking here is very limited and nearby Reed College will tow if you park in their lots so be prepared for a hike even before you enter the gardens. The rhodies were still in bloom and the setting peaceful; upkeep of the gardens is just adequate but clearly not on par with some of the other gardens in town. Still,... More

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Irvine, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

These beautiful gardens are a delight to visit! I really loved watching the cute duck family of the parents and chicks as they dove off the top roof and then waddled over to the pond!

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Wheeler, Oregon
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

When the garden is in bloom, this place is beautiful, especially given it's urban surroundings. Saw quite a few different ducks and geese, and a nutria (up close !). Nice Japanese garden features as well. Good for beauty and learning about these beautiful plants.

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Oregon City, Oregon
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Rhododendrons don't have to be in full bloom to enjoy C.S.R.G., but when they're in bloom, WOW!!! Great fun for photographers, gardeners, and bird-watchers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

One of our all time favorite places to visit when we're in Portland. Admission was free on the Sunday we were there in Late April. A beautiful garden filled with thousands of rhodies of various colors and ages. Some of the "trees" are said to be 100 years old. Easy parking and hard surface walking paths. The ducks, geese, and... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Very beautiful garden and took me by surprise. Had way too little time here and would have wanted to know more about the park, it's history and the flowers themselves. But that was due to my time constrains and not the park. Definitely recommend checking this place out.

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Newberg, Oregon
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17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

During the early Spring Crystal Springs is a lovely spot to enjoy a few hours. All the flowers are lovely and the variety of colors is amazing. Walking along the lake, feeding geese, people watching--all for just 4 dollars. And it is in a lovely section of Portland with many nice places to eat nearby.

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