Ski bunnies might be thriving right now but for the rest of us these Portland gray days are starting to get really old! But fear not, the explosion of spring blooms is near. My dog Bella has begun sniffing the daffodils and the cherry blossoms are about to strut their stuff. Here are some classic local spots to take ’em in!
Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Did you know those cherry blossoms were a gift from the Japanese Grain Importers Association in 1990? They’re about to burst and while you won’t be the only one walking/biking/roller skating underneath them along the west bank of the Willamette, there’s plenty of room for everyone.
Sunnyside SE PDX’s Peacock Lane may steal the show in December but right around the corner the Stark Street corridor from Laurelhurst Park up to 60th Ave bursts with blooms from March thru the summer. Cherry blossoms, azaleas and more take turns welcoming you to Portland Nursery as you ready your own garden.
The Portland Japanese Garden is another favorite for the cherry blossoms in late March. Take in the serene fountains and feel your blood pressure drop. Later spring blooms to follow include azaleas, camellias, and wisteria.
The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden sits between the Eastmoreland Golf Course and Reed College. In addition to the myriad rhodies, this is a fabulous park for cute animal sightings like ducklings and busy beavers surveying the golf course greens. Admission is free on Mondays.
The majestic Oregon Garden in Silverton has a web page of blooms to let you know what to expect when you arrive. What’s in store for March? Magnolias, Lenten roses, trout lilies, crocuses and more. And don’t forget, Earth Day on April 16th is free admission!
Stay warm and cozy … sweet & sunny days are ahead!