Portland, Oregon is the perfect climate for rhododendrons, and mid-Spring is the perfect time to see them. In east Portland, near Reed College, is a 9.5 acre garden with over 2,500 rhododendron, azalea, and companion plants to admire. Set in a botanical garden with small lakes, ponds, and walking paths both paved and unpaved, the gardens allow you to wander at your own pace among the flowers – from small to towering. The garden began as Crystal Springs Farm in 1917. In 1950 it became a rhododendron test garden, then converted to a public park in 1964. The water features attract a wide variety of birds and make for fun bird watching.
Pets are allowed on a leash.
Admission is free to all from October 1, through February 28.
A $5 admission fee is charged between 10:00am-6:00pm, Tuesday through Sunday, March 1, through September 30. No admission fee on Mondays. Admission proceeds go toward garden maintenance and enhancements.
Admission is free for children under 12 and members of Friends of Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. On the weekends, some areas may have limited accessibility due to special events.
Entrance, parking, major trails, and restrooms are all wheelchair accessible.
5801 SE 28th Avenue, Portland, OR