Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden


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Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.
A beautiful garden year round. A peaceful place where I go to, sit, sketch and write. Children enjoy feeding the ducks cracked corn. Please don’t feed the ducks bread. Bread isn’t on a healthy diet for ducks. Soon there will lots of fluffy ducklings. The Rhododendrons have the most blooms in April and May. Currently the azaleas and a few rhodi’s are blooming. Look for the rhododendron, R.haematodes that has leaves, waxy on the front and soft, velvety on the back. The garden has an annual mother’s day event. Crystal springs feed the garden. The water is used to form ponds and water falls. Birds are abundant in the garden. Listen to the red winged blackbirds sing, the ducks quack and the geese honk. When admission is required can be hard to figure out. Plan on paying the $3 entrance fee and be pleasantly surprised when you don’t have to pay. Parking can be hard to find. Reed College across the street often provides overflow parking. Well behaved dogs on leashes are allowed. It is a stroller friendly place.
SE 28th Ave & Woodstock Blvd, 503-771-8386, Garden Hours April 1-September 30: 6:00am-10:00 pm , October 1-March 31: 6:00am-6:00pm. Entrance Fees Admission is free to all from Labor Day through February. A $3 admission fee is charged between 10:00am-6:00pm, Thursday through Monday, March through Labor Day.
Admission is free for children under 12 and Friends of Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.

1 comment:

Rosebay said...

Here is an image of Rhododendron haematodes.

Rhododendron haematodes