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“Beautiful garden any time of year” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
SE 28th Ave.and Woodstock St., Portland, OR 97214
503 771-8386
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Ranked #24 of 586 things to do in Portland
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Owner description: In the summer months, this peaceful park comes alive with brightly colored rhododendrons.
Portland, Oregon, USA
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“Beautiful garden any time of year”
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 trails are nice and well marked. The one shortcoming is there are sometimes aggressive geese loitering around and you'll need to walk around them because they might be blocking the path and they don't always get out of the way. They're annoying but also amusing. But the garden is well worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
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Bloomington, Indiana
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“love the birds”
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.

Visited July 2014
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Perryville, Maryland
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“Beautiful Garden”
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!

Visited May 2014
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Portland OR
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“Beautiful Rhodies But Parking is Difficult”
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, a nice outing with my late teen daughters and their friend.

Visited May 2014
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Irvine, California
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“Wonderful way to spend the day in Portland!”
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!

Visited November 2013
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