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Crystal Springs Rhodie Garden at its best now

We just spent and idyllic few hours at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. You know, the one you always mean to go to but never do? It's lovely for toddlers on up (babies, too, but getting a stroller around there can be a bit of a pain). Little waterfalls with stepping stones, ducks and geese to feed (they have food at the front entrance -- no bread allowed), a big grassy area for a picnic, and everything is in bloom right now. It's a little bit of paradise.

Free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, $3 per person (12 and up) every other day. To get there from 39th Avenue southbound, turn right on Gladstone, left on 28th, and then drive till you see Reed College on your left. The garden is on the right.

There will be a big event there on Mother's Day, so if you want to avoid the crowds, try next weekend or midweek (it's open till dusk, so an after-school jaunt is totally reasonable).

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It's an easy bike ride from the SE since it's on a designated bike route. A ride and a walk around the gardens make for a lovely outing indeed!

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