An Early Spring Visit to the Vibrant Rhododendron Gardens


Early in April we took advantage of some sunshine and drove to Southeast Portland to spend several hours at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.

More than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas and companion plants grow in the Garden. We have found they provide a magnificent display of color early in the year.

However, if you are planning to visit the Garden to see the rhododendrons at their finest, I would recommend waiting for early May.

Spring-fed Crystal Springs Lake surrounds much of the Garden attracting many species of waterfowl and animals too.

Canada geese and various species of ducks kept us company as we wandered through the Garden.

I was somewhat envious of the Reed College students who literally can walk across the street and enjoy the flowers.

It reminded me of a valuable secret: Beauty is all around us if we just take the time to look.

Daffodil

Daffodil

Hen Mallard

Hen Mallard

Azeleas

Azaleas

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

My Favorite Model

My Favorite Model

Azalea

Azalea

 

Lilies

Lilies

Wigeon Duck

Wigeon Duck

Daffodil

Daffodil

Azaleas

Rhododendrons

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

Rhododendron

Rhododendron

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3 comments

  1. I have heard there is nowhere so beautiful for rhododendrons than the US Pacific Northwest, and your photos absolutely reflect that, John. How wonderful to be greeted by the wood duck and other beauties. I love seeing the duff in the just-preened bill of the Canada Goose. And I have never seen a female mallard quite so stunning. Your photos are a real treat, thank you.

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  2. Beautiful

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