The garden is open daily from dawn to dusk throughout the year. From March 1 through September 30, an admission fee of $5 per person is charged between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays. There is no charge for children under 12 years of age, but they must always be accompanied by a responsible adult (All children 15 years of age and younger must also be accompanied by a responsible adult). No admission fee is charged on Mondays.

About the garden

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.   

This 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. A spring-fed lake surrounds much of the garden, attracting countless waterfowl which nest and feed in this natural habitat. In fall and winter, trees and shrubs add their own color and interesting structure.   

Visitors stroll by three waterfalls via two picturesque bridges and wander down shaded paths to Crystal Springs Lake. Marveling at the reach of the fountain spray, exploring the garden, and watching the sun set over Portland’s West Hills are favorite pastimes. Long regarded as a photographer’s dream, this tranquil setting makes it easy to forget that downtown Portland is only minutes away.   

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden was jointly established in 1950 by Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. 

Volunteers from the Rhododendron Society, Master Gardeners, and other experts care for the plants and maintain the garden year-round.   

Photography Policy

A fee is required for portrait photography. Any photographer wishing to take portrait photographs for proposals, proms, or other purposes must check in and pay at the garden gatehouse. No portrait photography allowed on weekends when garden entrance fee is charged. There is no fee or scheduled session required on days and times when no garden entrance fee is charged. Please contact the gatehouse at or call 503.267.7509.

A multiplicity of birds

Over 90 species of birds are seen in the garden, among them the Great Blue Heron, Townsend’s Warbler, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Chestnut-Back Chickadee, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Wood Duck, Ruddy Duck, American Coot, and the Bald Eagle.