Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden Revitalization

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Crystal springs rhododendron garden – Who visits a rhododendron garden when it’s not spring bloom time? It’s been years since I went to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, but we were walking the Reed College canyon and decided on a whim to stop in. There’s a $3 charge in summer (Labor Day was the last day) but whatever money they’ve been taking in has apparently contributed to the major revitalization of the garden. New construction was evident everywhere, from paths and bridges to ramps and beautiful rock walls.

Posted on January 3, 2018 House Ideas

Directly above us at the entry was a stately pine with little green cones. A bright green vine growing up over it enhances this simple concrete wall. Across the lake is Westmoreland golf course. We speculated on the health of the water with all the fertilizers and herbicides from the greens care that likely drain into it. A tiny patch of cyclamen. There were a few confused rhodium blooming, but primarily we saw bloomers that are more seasonal. Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden wouldn’t be complete without ducks and, of course, the ubiquitous Canada geese. (Will somebody please tell them it’s past time to go back to Canada?)

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Native plants were everywhere around the fringes of the garden, including this snowberry. Tiny strawberries hid under their own leaves. In an older part of the garden, campanula were planted with huge-leaved primroses. I’ve never seen such healthy looking primroses in what still felt like the middle of summer. Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden are the focus of this garden and not overwhelmed by most rhodium. They do have their place in my garden, but I like them as background or as structural elements. And in mid-summer, they aren’t always at their best. But just look at the gorgeous form of this large specimen.

Its bark is a beautiful, slightly mottled cinnamon color. There are at least three waterfalls in the garden. They are lovely, cool focal points. This little Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden deciding was blooming away. Now I love this rhodium. Zauschneria was everywhere but I didn’t see any hummers partaking. Another confused rhodium. Underplantings of pulmonary were looking healthy aside from a little slug damage. Several areas had hewn rocks and boulders nicely arranged and planted on a big scale.  Love this mixture of the pine with grasses trailing in the pond. Curving wall had wonderful niches for ferns of every kind.

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