"Turn right", said Siri. "Are you sure," was all that entered my mind as I turned into a quaint neighborhood filled with amazing homes. She directed me to the end of the lane. And there through the gate was Elk Rock Garden.
Once home to a family that made their millions in the grain industry around the turn of the century, the 13 acres were gifted to the Episcopal Bishop of Oregon with the stipulation that they remain open to the public. High up on the bluffs of the Willamette River, the views are simply breathtaking. Mt Hood can easily be spotted far off in the distance.
Wind your way through trees, ponds, and resting spots perfect for lazy days with nothing but a good book in hand. While it may not have the status or the marketing budget of larger botanical gardens you'll find throughout the Pacific Northwest, if you want a beautiful spot to take in the wonders of native landscaping, its the perfect place to spend a quiet afternoon.