A Stroll through Portland's Botanical Gardens

May 27, 2012  •  1 Comment

Today I took a solo field trip to check out some of my new city's attractions: botanical gardens. When I looked up 'botanical gardens' in the area, I had no idea how many there were! I chose two I hadn't visited yet, packed up my camera and took off. I spent the day wandering over lush trails past blooming rhododendrons, trees as high as skyscapers, religious statues, candles and even a little cottage in the woods, fit for a gnome. Here are some of my shots.

Leach Botanical GardenLeach Botanical Garden

First stop: Leach Botanical Garden, Portland, Oregon. A small wedding was setting up!

manor houseManor house at Leach Botanical Garden

The manor house at Leach Botanical Garden, Portland, Oregon

pathwayGarden path, Leach Botanical Garden rhodiesRhododendrons treeTulip tree cottage in the woodsCottage in the woods

Stumbled upon a fairytale-esque cottage in the woods. Looked around for seven dwarves but alas ....

cottage in the woodsCottage in the woods, No. 2 cottage in the woodsCottage in the woods, No. 3

Couldn't you just move right in?!?

birdhouse on highBirdhouse on high

it's a long way up if you're a bird!

manor houseManor house

the Manor House at Leach Botanical Gardens.

mallardStranded mallard

Was crossing the bridge to leave and saw this mallard hanging out in the middle of the river. Fishing or napping?!

statueSanctuary statue

Second stop: The Grotto, a religious sanctuary for peace, prayer and reflection. And some beautiful scenery.

A place to pray

candles statueThe Grotto

A place to pray ...

I've been here a year and am still so surprised at how many green spaces there are within the Portland city limits. More to come! -Laura

 

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Comments

Linda Rodin(non-registered)
Fabulous Laura! Keep up the great work! I haven't been to Portland since I was a child and I am "smitten" by "green spaces". I can't wait to visit the city soon and see these special places you have discovered:)
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