on November 22, 2007
You can get lost in Washington Park, a favorite of local residents and visitors alike since 1871. The park contains the Oregon zoo, Portland Japanese Gardens, International Rose Testing Garden, World Foresty Center, Portland Children's Museum, a Holocaust Memorial and Veteran's Memorial. You can stay busy with a visit to Washington Park!We spent most of our time in the Hoyt Arboretum, an amazing collection of over 1,000 species of trees & plants. The Visitor's Center provides a plethora of brochures, including several options for walking the Arboretum - at one, two and four miles tour. You can also choose your own path, with well marked signs and a handy free map. We winded through bamboo, the conifers, grand Sequoias, spruce, fir, Himalayan pines, the Redwoods Collection... the majestic trees were amazing, and the blend from one collection to the next was impressive. You felt as if you were in a myriad of forests at once, each their own secluded splendor. We met with a few runners, and some couples taking a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll, but the solitude and magnitude of the trees overpowered any encounter we had with others. On just a brief self selected tour, we were able to see at least one third of the Arboretum in an hour. We could have spent much more time with the trees, but enjoyed each moment we had in the outdoor wonders!The tour options include a one mile tour for strollers and wheelchairs. View all the ours, plants & more at www.hoytarboretum.org - or just arrive and experience the wonder firsthand, site unseen!
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