Portland’s Crystal Rhododendron Garden

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This year I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday twice, and for both celebrations I was able to visit a beautiful garden. I’ll be doing a post on the other garden, the Idaho Botanical Garden, next week.

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Located just off Reed college’s campus, the Crystal Rhododendron Garden drives home the fact that the Willamette Valley is a temperate rain forest. The delicate, colorful blooms with their waxy leaves make you feel as though you’re in a jungle.

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Spring is the best time to visit the garden. Some of the plants bloom later than others, so there was still plenty to see while we were there, but a month earlier and it really would have been stunning. There are several water features throughout the garden, with lots and lots of ducks and geese.

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It’s not an immense garden, but the cost of entry is low and the flowers are beautiful making it a lovely place to spend a couple hours.

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If you’re planning on going to Portland in the near future though, the Rose Garden should be blooming in a couple of weeks, and that’s always worth a visit (especially to the Shakespeare Garden, which is one of my favorites).

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