Until last week, when I thought of the Hoyt Arboretum, I thought of the well labeled trees and shrubs that line the Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial. I did not know about the miles of trails that Portlanders should take pride that they support this marvelous natural oasis within a few miles of downtown. One caveat, the self-guided map was hard to follow although the compass on our cell phones helped. We were looking for the bamboo collection via the yew and spruce collections but only found it by asking a passerby walking his dog. Turned out that there were only a few sprigs left of what had been the bamboo collection but there is an amazing fir at the bottom of the creek trail whose root pattern is straight out of the Hobbit or the Forbidden Forest in the Harry Potter stories.
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