Gardens in Portland

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Gardens in Portland

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  • Eric D
    5 contributions
    Very cute! The Japanese Garden is steps away so you can kill two birds with one stone. Great for photos and getting some nature in the city.
    Written 12 August 2022
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  • Marina Stein
    Vancouver, Canada30 contributions
    I have read that Portland Japanese garden is the best Japanese garden outside Japan and I will agree with it. Earlier my favorite japanese garden was one in Butchart gardens in Victoria, Canada. It is beautiful very Japanese and has a lot of interesting sections. I lobed small bonsai trees ( there was one small one 500-600 years old), traditional part, part with stones, part with ponds. We enriched our experience with Umami Japanese cafe traditional tea ceremony (need reservation usually).
    Written 4 August 2022
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  • Marina Stein
    Vancouver, Canada30 contributions
    Great big green park. We have been in Zoo, Rose garden, Japanese garden, Umami cafe. All places were great, and I know there are much more great places in this park.
    Written 3 August 2022
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  • PortlandFoody
    Portland, OR27 contributions
    The most beautiful place in Portland Or., hidden away in the downtown area. The pond is magical with the Koi swimming amongst the water lilies and the lotus - the plants and flowers are ever changing with the seasons and the smell was fabulous.
    The staff members are so helpful and seem to love their jobs. I read that September 3rd & 4th, they are having a Mid Autumn Lantern Festival with a Market Place and Asian dancers and Musicians and the Lion Dancers from 2:00 to 9:00. Sounds like a date to put on my calendar. Peaceful, Relaxing, Tranquility - we need this in our lives.
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • Shirley R
    79 contributions
    I visited The Grotto twice because it was so wonderful. There is a church, many different shrines and statues of saints and our Lord. There are also Stations of the Cross and a monastery and it was developed by the Servite priests.
    Written 31 July 2022
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  • RBro2014
    Boston, MA105 contributions
    This is a peaceful place to visit at any time of year. Nice trails. And a great spot for casual birdwatching.
    Written 12 July 2022
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  • Jim W.
    Atlanta, GA970 contributions
    Note that the arboretum is located within the larger Washington Park (as is the Portland Zoo, the International Rose Test Garden, and a few other things). So when we visited, we had parked at the rose garden and toured that first. Rather than drive (and pay for another new parking spot), we opted to take the shuttle bus within the park to the Hoyt Arboretum instead. It runs at less-than-30-minute intervals and was convenient. It appeared that they had sufficient parking at the arboretum, but I did not use it myself.

    There is a small visitors' center where you can pick up maps as a starting point. They have several different trails of varying lengths and can advise you hike durations. You can also choose to hike over a mile (downhill) to the rose garden if you like.

    We opted for an intermediate length hike that they said would take around an hour at a slow pace. It was slightly hilly in parts, but overall not that bad. We passed through redwood groves which were quite nice. We would have walked back to the rose garden, but had been walking all day and everyone agreed to take the bus back.

    The only improvement I could suggest would be a bit more / better signage along some trails. It was easy to take a wrong turn occasionally (but hard to get lost completely).

    If I returned here, I might try the longer (2-hour) hike for a change. There was no cost to enter, which was nice (other than parking fees). This is a nice place to spend part of a sunny day.
    Written 2 August 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 22 June 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 2 October 2018
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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 6 June 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 12 August 2020
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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 22 June 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 28 May 2017
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