Elk Rock Garden is stunning in the spring. Camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and hundreds of other flowers burst into bloom. The garden is on a private estate overlooking the Willamette River which was given to the Episcopal Bishop of Oregon on the condition that the grounds be open to the public. There are no public restrooms and it's prohibited to picnic or play games on the lawn. But if you're in the mood for a quiet walk in a tranquil spot, this is perfect. There is also a small stream where hundreds of rough skinned newts are always to be found. It's near Tryon Creek State Park, but it's hidden away in a quiet residential neighborhood and is never crowded.
Interview: Andrés Salguero
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