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Elk Rock Garden

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11800 SW Military Ln, Portland, OR 97219-8436
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The 80 miles of the Columbia River Gorge’s steep rocky sides offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the world: pounding waterfalls, eagles, century-old trees, ferns, flowers, ancient rocks. This half-day of exploring and meditating on wonders with very short hikes and visits to overlooks and vistas will have you gasping in awe.<br><br>We'll visit waterfalls and overlooks, selected by our guides to include both the most iconic, like the unmissable Latourell Falls, a stunning plunge-style falls that is one of the most iconic in Oregon, and the special. Depending on weather conditions, this could include a few small hidden waterfalls and another spectacular plunge-style falls with columnar basalt.<br><br>We'll also tell you stories, not just of the geology and botany and the oft-repeated tales of pioneers and road-builders, but also the old stories we've learned, of gods and animal spirits and the Beaver princess tragically turned into a waterfall.
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vonifide wrote a review Oct 2018
Pennsylvania110 contributions22 helpful votes
Elk Rock Garden is a quiet place to spend time and has a nice sense of garden hostory. The grounds were planted in the first half of the 20th century and contains many mature trees and ornamental shrubs, including a collection of Magnolia. Of course when I visited this August, the only Magnolia in bloom was M. grandiflora, but most of the other specimens were viewable from the paths that circle the garden and it was lovely to observe their different leaves, barks and forms. If I lived in the area, I would love to visit Elk Rock throughout the year, as it's clear that attention was paid to have enough of a diversity of plants that there would be something in flower every season. The house was situated to take advantage of a view of Mt. Hood, which can be seen on a clear day from the east side of the building.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Diane M wrote a review Sep 2018
Dorena109 contributions67 helpful votes
We visited Bishop’s Close, also known as Elk Rock Garden, on a lovely weekday in early Fall. Located on a private estate in a lovely neighborhood in Lake Oswego, OR, we were charmed by the home, the location, and the gardens. The gardens are operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon and are open, free of charge, daily. Around the home, the gardens are well-maintained. You can meander on walkways and up and down staircases that take you all around the 13-acre estate to see some of the most unusual plants and trees. You will experience trees with speckled bark or spiky branches, grand old trees that are a century old, miniature cyclamen flowers, serene fountains and calm ponds with the nearby sounds of gently dripping water, dappled sunlight, a sea of ground covers, and quiet benches on which to sit and contemplate what it must have been like to grow up surrounded by this beauty. Your wanderings will take you to an overlook to the beautiful Willamette River. Some of the areas further from the home have suffered in the drought but even on the periphery you can still see the remnants of the once-lush huge garden. Note: There are no public facilities (bathroom, food, water, etc.) on site and parking is very limited. I would say that this garden is not accessible for the handicapped. Also, we were told by employees that the estate has been sold. Its future is unknown after the first of the year, so see it now while you surely can. A big plus, we did not have to share the gardens with many people when we visited on a Wednesday.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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pochen9 wrote a review Jul 2018
Chicago, Illinois124 contributions36 helpful votes
Portland is getting so big and busy that you might think quiet respites no longer exist. Ahhhh, but they do. The garden is not overly big so it's any easy stroll. Benches to sit and ponder are plentiful. The ancient trees, the view of the river, the quiet.... it all adds up to a very beautiful and intimate place to go hide out and chill.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Paula B wrote a review Jun 2018
Santa Ana, California126 contributions65 helpful votes
This out of the way garden was a real surprise. While it is at the Bishop's Close, the garden is open to the public. The garden was obviously planted according to a plan, but has a very natural look. Periodic benches enable visitors to relax and enjoy their environment. The only distraction was some speed boats in the water below. We were lucky to find a parking spot as the parking is very limited.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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AlliEric wrote a review May 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana44 contributions28 helpful votes
The paths are nice and have small rocks which help you feel stable through the winding paths. Several flowers were in bloom. If you are physically able, there are stone steps that will allow you to check out paths and the top level by the parking lot. However, if walking up steps is difficult, there is still a lot more to see if you stay on the bottom level. The main path winds through trees and gardens. Some are marked with placards to know the names of the species. If you continue to walk away from the house, you will be able to view Elk Rock Island. There are also a few benches you can sit and rest on. The weather was perfect walking around at 9am, however I was glad that I wore long sleeves and pants to keep the bugs off. Small donation requested. Great that leashed dogs are allowed!!
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Date of experience: May 2018
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