Friday, April 24, 2015

Cecil and Molly Smith Garden

The Cecil and Molly Smith Garden in St. Paul is spectacular in the spring!  It is owned by the Portland chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, which also maintains the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland. Under Douglas firs on a sloping hillside there are 600 rhododendrons and azaleas, as well as many other flowering plants. The rhododendrons are most every shade of the rainbow, and include several crosses created by Cecil Smith.  We found trilliums still blooming, including giant purple wakerobin, a deep red trillium I rarely see.  If we sat quietly for a while on one of the benches, we could hear the drone of many bees and the chirping of hummingbirds near the red rhododendrons. It's cool in the deep shade under the trees, and feels like a hidden refuge. The garden is open weekends through May (except for Memorial Day weekend) with a $3 admission charge, and they sell rhododendrons.  

Giant purple wakerobin.
Fringecup.

2 comments:

Shauna Hemenway said...

Thanks for the tip! I live in Sherwood, so that's not too far away for us. I love looking at your pictures.

Mama Gone Green said...

I have never heard of it before, but we LOVE crystal springs. I will have to check it out!