Gardens in Portland

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Gardens in Portland

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  • fitness enthusiast and chemist
    Des Moines79 contributions
    This was the perfect activity for our 2 hours between checking out of our hotel and going to the airport. We spent about 1.5 hours here, and that included photographing 75 flowers. The roses were so beautiful. Don't wear white shoes like I did if it is sprinkling. The ground can be kind of dirty or wet.
    Great activity for all ages.
    Written January 13, 2023
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  • Jordan
    Columbus, OH98 contributions
    I love visiting different gardens while traveling and this one did not disappoint. Traditional Japanese garden in the middle of the city. I enjoyed the winding paths up and down as opposed to everything being flat. The only downside were the crowds so maybe come a bit early in the day.
    Written January 4, 2023
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  • Jordan
    Columbus, OH98 contributions
    If you been to a Chinese garden before, this is the same set up. Lovely but compact garden with some traditional interiors in a square shape. Manicured trees and walking paths. There were also huge old koi in the water. So much fun to watch! Tea and snacks aavailable for purchase at the cafe.
    Written January 4, 2023
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  • PAHWestfield
    Westfield, IN324 contributions
    A great city nature get-away with beautiful large trees and miles of trails and much more. Gorgeous and fun and close to city
    Written August 30, 2022
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  • Jordan
    Columbus, OH98 contributions
    My husband and I are not generally religious. He'd never been to mass and I hadn't since I was a kid. We thought the outdoor mass at the Grove could be a nice experience. It was! The location is just breathtaking. The service was lovely and inclusive. Not like the sermons of my youth. We also checked out the lower level free areas and upper level paid areas. Everything was beautiful!
    Written January 4, 2023
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  • Monica O
    Breckenridge, TX18 contributions
    Nice Park to hike, had multiple trails based on length of time, for ex: there is a 30 min trail, 1 hr trail and 2 hr trail, no admission fee, gorgeous trees, clean area, enjoyed it very much.
    Written August 31, 2022
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  • RBro2014
    Boston, MA120 contributions
    This is a peaceful place to visit at any time of year. Nice trails. And a great spot for casual birdwatching.
    Written July 12, 2022
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  • Bea T
    Irvine, CA367 contributions
    Visit this garden rose before going to the International Rose Garden. It is smaller but just as beautiful with a large fountain in the middle. It's located in a residential area, so drive around and admire the beautiful house architecture and landscapes.
    Written June 22, 2022
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  • vonifide
    Pennsylvania110 contributions
    Elk Rock Garden is a quiet place to spend time and has a nice sense of garden hostory. The grounds were planted in the first half of the 20th century and contains many mature trees and ornamental shrubs, including a collection of Magnolia. Of course when I visited this August, the only Magnolia in bloom was M. grandiflora, but most of the other specimens were viewable from the paths that circle the garden and it was lovely to observe their different leaves, barks and forms. If I lived in the area, I would love to visit Elk Rock throughout the year, as it's clear that attention was paid to have enough of a diversity of plants that there would be something in flower every season.

    The house was situated to take advantage of a view of Mt. Hood, which can be seen on a clear day from the east side of the building.
    Written October 2, 2018
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  • Ldteacher11
    Hartland, MI73 contributions
    Super cute little park with this statue dedicated to Beverly Cleary. As an elementary school teacher, I had to go and found the trip well worth it. There is also a Beverly Cleary school down the block which is worth walking by. They have a beautiful mosaic book on the building that is really pretty.
    Written June 22, 2021
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  • GrandTour595227
    8 contributions
    Though I’ve never been a devotee of roses in the past, this garden could make a believer of me. With free parking and admission, the rose garden should be on the must-see list of any visitor who likes beautiful flowers. Planted on a slope, the garden offers some nice views of both the flowers and surroundings. I was especially intrigued by the mixed plantings carefully arranged to show the roses off to their best advantage. The visit would have been enhanced by more signs about roses in general (e.g. their medicinal uses are many) and the specific ones planted there.
    Written August 12, 2020
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  • jackwidely
    Portland, OR201 contributions
    Lovely easy to walk Botanical Gardens close to everyone in Portland. Trails are well groomed and anyone of any age should find them easy to traverse. Nice selections of plants and tree- some pretty old are situated on the grounds.

    Sadly the bridge across the creek was washed out by flooding in 2020 and has not yet been replaced leaving a small portion of the garden closed including the old stone house.

    During 2021 admission is free but their website must be used for setting a time slot to visit. Plenty of parking. Easy to find. Worth an hour or so.
    Written June 6, 2021
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  • Sue from Bend
    Bend, OR259 contributions
    It was Portland and NOT raining. Wow. The gardens are beautiful...even swans swimming in the lake.

    Beautiful setting for the wedding outside. Very comfortable. These people know what they are doing. The grounds are absolutely beautiful. Seating for the wedding guests was nicely staged. Pretty gazebo for the wedding with a backdrop of blooming Rhododendrons .

    The staff knows weddings. They must have lots of practice. They did everything with a lot of skill and know-how!

    It was a pleasure to have the event there and glad the happy couple chose it as their spot.

    The food was very good. Veggies, salads, salmon and prime rib. Very happy with the food. It was great.
    Written May 28, 2017
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