When I need to unwind, I find myself drawn to a garden. It’s a quiet, peaceful place to contemplate, reflect, and just relax. Here are some spots across Oregon that just might do the trick.
10) Hoyt Arboretum, Portland
Along a ridge in the West HIlls of Portland lies a rare species of tree: the Dawn Redwood. The saplings were brought over from China in the last century sharing the beauty with this arboretum.
9) Oregon Garden, Silverton
This magnificent garden, while home to many a splendid flora and fauna, also hosts the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed home in Oregon.
8) Bush's Pasture Park, Salem
This public park and botanical garden provides the good people of Salem with apple orchards and majestic White Oak tree pastures dotted with cherry harvests.
7) Elk Rock Gardens of the Bishop's Close, Dunthorpe
This garden was created in 1916 and for almost a century it has stood the test of time where visitors can view Magnolias and Cascades among many other treasures.
6) Leach Botanical Garden, Portland
Acclaimed botanist Lilla Leach began this incredible garden with over 125 different species of ferns for Portland.
5) Martha Springer Botanical Garden, Salem
Students of Willamette University sometimes refer to this gem as the "secret garden" but it's open to the public and should be viewed for its' wonderful butterfly and rock gardens.
4) Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens, Portland
Azaleas dot this beautiful garden but the winged animals are just as impressive: heron, Canada geese and hummingbirds abound.
3) International Rose Test Garden, Portland
You can't see the "City of Roses" without visiting this garden which contains over 7,000 rose plants!
2) Beekman Native Plant Arboretum, Jacksonville
Over 175 species of trees and shrubbery can be found at this arboretum as well as a seasonal stream.
1) Shore Acres State Park, Coos Bay
Whimsical Japanese lily ponds are aplenty at Shore Acres but the gray whale migration season is an unforgettable experience.
Would you look at that. Such beauty. Which are your favorite gardens to visit when you just need a little alone time? Tell us in the comments below!