Elk Rock Gardens

Elk Rock Gardens at the Bishop’s Close, dates back to the late 1800s and is one of the oldest gardens in Oregon. Perched on the cliffs high above the Willamette River, this 13 acre garden is a lovely place to stroll and take photos. We visited a few years ago with our dear friends Tim and Lisa, on one of our weekend visits to Portland. It was a sunny autumn day, and we were immediately charmed with the beauty and serenity of this local gem.

As you can see from the photos above, there are many inviting pathways for strolling and exploring. You will also find a wide variety of plants including many beautiful flowers.

The view of the Willamette River from the cliffs is spectacular.

The gardens are located at 11800 SW Military Lane in Portland and admission is free.

As always, I love hearing from my readers so please leave a comment.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. ourcrossings says:

    Elk Rock Gardens are incredible! It would be a great place for a mini photography adventure, especially during the summer and autumn month. Would love to visit one day. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva


    1. Hello Aiva, thanks for your comment! Yes, it it a gorgeous place and would be a perfect location for a photography workshop. I hope you have a good day as well.


  2. Love the post and pics, Tricia! I can’t wait to check this garden out next Portland visit.


    1. Thanks Brenda! Portland has so much to offer.


  3. Lisa Baker says:

    Such a beautiful place to spend several hours. And free! What a lovely day it was with you, Tricia.


    1. Thanks Lisa! I believe it was your idea; great find.


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