Portland, Oregon – Washington Park

Washington Park is a Great Green Space to Explore!

Washington Park is my go to outdoor space when visting Portland, especially when I need a little break from the city life!

International Rose Test Garden

Located at 400 SW Kingston Avenue. FREE!; take a self-guided tour, walk, stroll, wander. Garden Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

There are 3 Primary Gardens:

  • Royal Rosarian Garden – home to the namesake roses of all past Prime Ministers of the Royal Rosarians. The Royal Rosarians are a civic group that serve as the official greeters and goodwill ambassadors for the City of Portland.
  • Shakespeare Garden – “Of all flowers me thinks a rose is best.” ~ Shakespeare
  • Miniature Rose Garden – one of only six testing grounds for the American Rose Society miniature rose test program.

I literally could have stayed here for days photographing roses, floral and fauna! I absolutely heart miniature roses!

Portland Japanese Garden

Located at 611 SW Kingston Avenue. Admission: $. The hours are Monday 12 pm to 7 pm, Tuesday through Friday 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday 9 am to 9 pm, and Sunday 9 am to 7 pm.

There are 5 Gardens (5.5 acres):

  • Flat Garden
  • Strolling Pond Garden
  • The Tea Garden
  • Natural Garden
  • Sand and Stone Garden

I finally got to check out this little gem in the hills of Portland! My 1st thought was of becoming one with nature and taking in the naturalness of the Japanse Garden!

Peace – Green

Harmony – Nature and Natural Elements

Tranquility – Water

3 Essential Elements of a Japanse Garden are:

  1. Stone – the “bones” of the landscape.
  2. Water – the life-giving force.
  3. Plants – the tapestry of the four seasons.
  4. Secondary Elements – Pagodas, stone lanterns, water basins, arbors, and bridges.

Hoyt Arboretum

Located at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd.

Interesting Facts About Hoyt Arboretum:

  • Every tree has a story to tell. Remember to engage all of your senses!
  • A unique collection of trees and plants from around the world. The Hoyt Collection includes more than 1,000 true species, with specimens grown from seeds collected in the wild!
  • A living laboratory for preservation and research.
  • 187 acres and 21 trails!
  • Just Think About the Current and Future Generations who will visit Hoyt Arboretum! Remember to stay on trail and respect the trees, fauna and flora here.

I have been to the Hoyt Arboretum in the Spring and now in the Summer and it still AMAZES me what lives and grows here! I enjoy taking about a 2 hour walkabout in Hoyt when visiting the Portland area. I really love becoming one with nature and soaking it all in while engaging all my senses! Hoyt is an Experience and an Adventure all wrapped into one.


(Photos by RSheridan)

Remember to Find Some Green and Nature Every Day!!!

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