Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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In the summer months, this peaceful park comes alive with brightly colored rhododendrons.
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iloveromance
Lynnwood, WA481 contributions
Sep 2021
I am so glad that I ordered a Portland Tourist Guide even though I've been to Portland more times than I can count. I had no idea this place existed!
I was here in September which unfortunately isn't the best time to see the Rhododendrons bloom. In fact, I only saw a few of them. That being said, I loved my visit and there were a few flowers here and there.
It's an easy place to find in a beautiful area of Portland. Parking is free and the admission is only $5. That is a bargain!
There are a lot of paths and some of them have a sharp incline but nothing too strenuous. Great for walking. I was given a map of the garden but it was kind of small so it was a little hard to follow. However I had no trouble finding my way around. There is a lake behind the gardens with ducks and a golf course behind it. I admit that I did more sitting on the benches and just taking in nature than actual walking but it was so calming and relaxing that I didn't mind at all.
The gardens (despite the lack of blooms) are absolutely beautiful and the staff I encountered were really nice. I ended up buying a mask from the gift shop (which isn't really a gift shop; the items for sale (t-shirts, masks) are at the admission booth).
I hope to come back in the spring when the flowers bloom, but even so this is a beautiful spot any time of year.
Written September 18, 2021
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Ashby F
2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
My sister and I booked an AirBnB walking bird watching tour through the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. Our guide, Eric was AMAZING, knowledgeable and very patient. The gardens are lush and gorgeous. It's fall, so no blossoms on the Rhododendrons or azaleas, but there were other wildflowers scattered about. Must've seen 8 or 9 varieties of ducks and geese, hummingbirds flitting about, and other birds. Got to interact with a couole of friendly park guides as well, who knew our guide, and made the experience more fun.
A thoroughly enjoyable, joyful 2 hours.
Highly reccomend a visit, and if you can book Eric through AirB&B Expeiences on their website, you won't be sorry.
Written October 5, 2021
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tmazionsmith
Saint Paul, MN316 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
My friend and I chose to visit this garden instead of going to the main botanical garden. I’m so glad we did! There were many Rhododendron still in bloom at this time. There are many other plants throughout the garden, though, that make it lovely. The waking paths are well designed, and there are multiple water features, both natural and man-made. I found the setting very peaceful and relaxing.
Written May 25, 2022
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Laura Lang
1 contribution
Apr 2021
It is very unfortunate the experience I had today at this beautiful place. My complaint is about the hired staff. We were a group of 3 mom's and our children looking forward to today's visit. The staff at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden clearly need training on how to speak to the public. The young man, who made nasty assumptions about us 3 mom's visiting with our children were unacceptable. The way in which he spoke to us about our children was done in the most rude way I have ever experienced. I strongly encourage whoever manages the staff at this facility to teach their employees how to properly, kindly, and respectfully speak to the general public with out making nasty assumptions about them and their children. How very unfortunate it is to make preconceived notions about people by being judgemental in the way that was expressed today. We did not end up vising the garden.
Written April 5, 2021
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Elkchaser
6 contributions
Mar 2020
First off, this site wouldn't allow me to give this area more than a terrible rating - tried several times. As as a visiting non-resident, I really enjoyed this little park. It was very well kept. Other than the wood ducks, their really wasn't much to offer for wildlife photographers, though. A simple photo blind in front of a feeder station would lure in many species to the camera. And, it would be best to get input on it's layout from an actal photographer
Written March 19, 2020
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Vancouver427
Vancouver, WA24 contributions
May 2013 • Family
I've been to this garden multiple times over the years and previously would've given it a five-star rating each and every time. So what ruined this beautiful treasure of a garden? For some reason they've started allowing people to bring their dogs! On previous visits, I've enjoyed the antics of the squirrels as they scampered across the path or approached for a hand-out. The mother ducks and geese used to bring their families close to shore or even toddled about the garden with a trail of babies. No more. I saw one squirrel at a distance and the mother ducks and geese wisely kept their babies far from the water's edge. I watched as two dogs were straining at the full reach of their leashes trying to get at an injured goose. I watched as a dog on a leash that was too long snatch a cookie out of a toddlers hand. I watched as a dog did his business in the middle of the wedding meadow while the owner turned a blind eye. I watched as multiple dogs barked at and chased the wildlife. Never mind the continual marking of every bush, shrub, tree and flower along the paths! This is NOT a dog park. There are appropriate places to take your dog, but this is not one of them. I know people from the NW love their pets, especially their dogs, but this is simply not the place for an outing with Fido. And don't tell me it's just a few irresponsible dog owners. Even one well-behaved dog is one dog too many. This is a nesting area for migratory birds. It's a sanctuary. A place where wildlife rules and we're just lucky observers of the natural beauty. By all means, take your pets along on family outings, have fun, throw a frisbee, have a romp... But if you're going to this garden, do us all a favor and leave your dog at home.
Written May 7, 2013
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Alan B
Houston, TX354 contributions
The rhododendrons were not in bloom, but what a great place to walk and see ducks, flowers and more. Right across from Reed College
Written September 7, 2019
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Julia R
Spotsylvania, VA49 contributions
We went on a Monday because admission was free. It is helpful to Google the park layout beforehand so you know where to go. We were told the path is not circular but we did not see all of it as our teenagers were hot and thirsty. They had great fun in the beginning taking pictures (er, “snaps”) of everything but got bored and hot after an hour. My husband and I could have stayed for hours! We even saw a “nutria”(large river rat) playing in the lake. I had no idea what it was; we thought it was an otter until someone filled us in. Great day!
Written July 28, 2019
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Irene P
33 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
Gorgeous garden even when the rhododendrons are not blooming. Try to go on a free day, check their website, I believe it's on Wednesdays (?).
Written July 22, 2018
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Obi1947
Portland, OR43 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
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.
Written January 11, 2015
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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden is open:
  • Wed - Wed 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Thu - Tue 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM