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Gardens Around Western Oregon



Azalea Park – Brookings  This outstanding park is known for its large, fragrant Occidentale that grow all over this 33 acre property. There are also many rhododendrons that are blooming the last weekend in May when the Azalea Festival & parade are held each year. The park showcases over 400 rhododendrons & other plants for your enjoyment.
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden – Portland   Crystal Springs has thousands of species & hybrid rhododendrons & azaleas. The garden was established in 1950 & is about five acres mostly surrounded by water. The Portland Chapter ARS holds a two day flower show at the garden on Mother’s Day weekend. The peak bloom time of flowers in the garden is during the weekend of the show.
Hendricks Park – Eugene   The park was founded in 1951 through the joint efforts of the American Rhododendron Society and the Eugene Parks Department & is Eugene's oldest city park. There are over six thousand varieties of rhododendrons and other ornamental plants in a 12 acre garden display.
Gerdemann Garden – Yachats   The garden was started in 1981when the Gerdemanns moved to Yachats, Oregon where they purchased an acre and began developing a botanical garden.  Today their project is a 3.5 acre botanical garden that is protected by a permanent easement. Tours of this outstanding rhododendron garden are available by appointment only.
The Cecil & Molly Smith Garden  The woodland garden is about three acres and is open on Saturdays & Sundays in April & May. There are over 500 rhododendrons all tagged for easy identific
The Hinsdale Garden on Spruce Reach Island   The BLM acquired this property from the Hinsdale family in 1997. About 5 acres around the house are developed into an English garden with many rhododendron species that were planted in the early 1900s. Some of the planting of replacement rhodies is being done by BLM personnel & Chapters of District 4 ARS. The BLM only opens the garden a few times per year. Parking is very limited but the flowers in the garden can be enjoyed from Highway 38 across from the Dean Creek elk viewing area.
The Oregon Garden – Silverton   It’s difficult to tell from the website how many rhododendrons are located in this garden. The bloom time chart shows rhodies blooming in April which is probably safe anywhere along the Oregon coast. The rest of the site shows a huge variety of plants & flowers so this should be a must visit in April.
Shore Acres State Park - Coos Bay  The gardens show off many old, large rhododendrons & azaleas that bloom mostly in April & May each year. The rose garden is a favorite during the summer. The large swells from storms are spectacular crashing against the rocks that protect the garden.