Hoyt Arboretum comprised of 214-acres within Washington Park has about 1000 species of trees collected from around the world, with 10-miles of winding trails. Their ambition is to have the widest possible representation of the world’s plants. Currently there are nearly 10,000 individual plants within the park, grouped by family, with an aim to having something in season year round. Because of that variety this is a good place to come and learn with actual three-dimensional visual aids. A complete listing of the plant Collection is online or available as a RTF file.
Environmental Tours of the Arboretum are given at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays, from April through October, starting from the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center. The Visitor Center also has information brochures you can pick up so you can do your own tour any time the park is open. And dogs on leashes are actually welcomed so you can bring a friend.
The Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial is situated in a bowl-shaped hollow within the arboretum. The trail spirals out past granite walls inscribed with the names of those from Oregon who died in that war, with a timeline to put it into context. Viewing the names is always a sobering experience. The Memorial, designed by the landscape architecture firm of Walker Macy, is obviously inspired by the one in D.C. where Maya Lin chose black granite for her design because the carving of the names stands out whitely and doesn‘t fade out when wetted by the elements. The starkness of the design is meant to focus your attention on those for whom the monument is erected without distraction. It‘s strange to think that that was once considered a controversial idea.
PDF Map Downloads
- Park & Trail Map.
- Northwest Portland & Washington Park Map from Portland Oregon Visitor Association.
There is parking at the visitor center and the Memorial, but Hoyt Arboretum is easy to get to by public transit. The Max station is close to the Vietnam Memorial. Buses stop there too. You can walk from the Memorial into the Arboretum or visa versa. Or you can catch the shuttle, running only through the summer, and ride between the Visitor Center coming or going. You can ride the shuttle all day and it costs nothing additional with a valid transfer or day pass.
- #63 Washington Park, Tri-Met bus (Schedule & Maps).
- The Max Blue Line.
- The #73 Washington Park Shuttle runs every day Memorial Day (end of May) through Labor Day (start of September), every 15 minutes from 10am-7pm.
Open: (grounds) 6am-10pm, (Visitor Center) 9am-4pm
Contact: 503-228-TREE, (fax) 503-823-4213, Feedback