Thursday, September 11, 2014

Portland Rhododendron Gardens

Portland Rhododendron Gardens is easily one of my favorite little parks in Portland because Tim and I got married here. It's a special place, not only because we had our special day here but we used to come here for dates too.  We would just walk around the park for hours, holding hands and talking. It's truly one of my favorite hidden gems in the city because it's never really crowded, and it's like a secret garden.

We spent the morning walking around all the different lakes and streams.  The whole garden is extremely toddler and pregnant lady friendly which earns extra bonus points. There are lots of nice big wide paths and not to many hills.

There are tons of big fat ducks and bossy geese around the lakes, and they love visitors or I should say snacks.  I didn't realize this but I gave Nora a graham cracker and a goose chased us around for nearly 20 minutes.  and just for a crumb! It actually felt pretty creepy, like I was in some movie (Attack of the Birds, ring a bell?).  It really freaked me out, but once we put away our snack, we were safe.

This was such a special way to spend a morning, even if we did get chased by a naughty goose.

20 comments:

Sarah said...

Haha, that naughty goose indeed! So glad you wised up and put that tidbit away- a graham cracker is so not worth a finger. ;) This looks like a beautiful place to stroll! I'm inspired to visit our Botanical Gardens soon.

Loulou said...

Oh my goodness ... What I gorgeous spot. I can totally see why you love it!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Aww, those pigtails! Super cute!

Also, geese can definitely be scary!

http://evaetsandra.com/ said...

So beautiful garden !

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oh I love it. What pretty pics.

Her pigtails are priceless btw.

Anne Hill said...

so cool to go back to your marriage place! it's gorgeous!

Crystal said...

Those pigtails!!! gorgeous

Crystal said...

those pigtails!!! gorgeous!

Lauren said...

Oh, this looks so beautiful! I grew up where lots of rhododendrons grow, but the city I live in now is an azalea city for sure. Similar, but not the same. They bloom in one stunning short burst in the spring and BOOM, over and out.

Also, geese, definitely scary. ;)

Sara Strauss {Sincerely, Sara} said...

Wow! These pictures are gorgeous! I love visiting parks and gardens like this!
~Sara

Caitlin | belong with wildflowers said...

This place is simply beautiful! I loved the story about the naughty goose. And that's wonderful that you were able to go back and reminisce to a place that's dear to your heart.

Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

oh my gosh, i haven't been there in so long that i entirely forgot about it! i will have to try to make a visit while the weather is still so lovely.

Katrina Sophia said...

Look like a lovely place to hang out.

Katrina Sophia

Megan said...

Gorgeous photos! I have a weakness for botanical gardens. They are so peaceful and inspiring! I try to visit them in every city I travel to. I actually got engaged in the botanical gardens in Madrid.

Hollands Reverie said...

Wow looks like such a beautiful day and absolutely gorgeous photos!

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Nanette said...

Great pics! We lived around the corner from there when we were in Portland, in Eastmoreland. Was one of our fav spots to stroll through on nice days, although those geese could definitely be pushy! :)

rooth said...

How very pretty! I didn't get to check this out last time I was there... next time...

tina bumblebee said...

So, so beautiful! I really need to take my daughter to some sort of botanical gardens for her to see how beautiful nature can be!

trishie said...

Being chased around by a goose would have absolutely terrified me! The gardens look so beautiful.

Hena Tayeb said...

those gardens look beautiful