Arboretums and Botanical Gardens to Visit in Portland

When considering a vacation, or even just a day out with the family, why not consider visiting a local arboretum or botanical garden?  You can enjoy a delightful getaway with a visit to one of these beautiful gateways to all that nature has to offer.

Arboretums and botanical gardens work to promote common respect and educate with a drive towards an appreciation of the world of gardening and the insects that work to pollinate our plants and flowers. 

These nature monuments are just waiting to be discovered and welcome all visitors for a day of tranquility, enjoying their peaceful beauty.  Make sure to check out one of the arboretums or botanical gardens listed below.

Leach Botanical Garden

6704 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236

The mission of Leach Botanical Garden is to maintain and enhance living collections of plants for the purpose of education, research, and conservation and to preserve the legacy of the Garden’s founders, John and Lilla Leach. The Garden is committed to providing positive experiences to the diverse community upon which it relies for support. Discover a place like no other! 

Portland Japanese Garden

611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205

At the heart of a Japanese garden is harmony with nature. Through the careful use of plants, stones, and water, areas of serene and quiet beauty emerge. These peaceful spots in the Garden lend themselves to meditation and contemplation. The 12-acre Japanese garden is composed of eight distinct garden spaces and a Cultural Village with classrooms, galleries, and the Umami Cafe. The Portland Japanese Garden offers events, workshops, and cultural holiday celebrations. The Garden is host to more than 350,000 visitors a year who come to experience this peaceful setting of spectacular beauty.

International Rose Test Garden

400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205

More than 10,000 individual rose bushes bloom in the International Rose Test Garden (IRTG) from late May through October, representing over 610 different rose varieties. The majority of roses in the Garden are commercially available. About 10 to 20 varieties are replaced each year with some of the best new roses released onto the market.  The primary purpose of the Garden is to serve as a testing ground for new rose varieties. In the beginning, while World War I was raging, hybridists sent roses from around the world to Portland’s garden for testing.

Hoyt Arboretum

4000 SW Fairview Blvd, Portland, OR 97221

Founded in 1928 to conserve endangered species and educate the community, Hoyt Arboretum encompasses 190 ridge-top acres and 12 miles of hiking trails just minutes from downtown Portland.  Home to 2300 species of trees and shrubs from six continents, Hoyt Arboretum, is a place of beauty and serenity no matter the season.

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

5801 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden is a unique 9.5-acre garden containing an outstanding collection of rare species and hybrid rhododendrons, azaleas, and other lesser-known ericaceous plants, as well as many companion plants and unusual trees.  The internationally recognized garden is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year.  April through May, when the azaleas and rhododendrons are in full bloom, the garden is spectacular.

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