Oct 16

Field Trip’n with Flowers

by Hannah Holt »


I know most of my readers aren’t local to Portland, but it’s a gorgeous place to visit (and live). If you ever find yourself in the Pacific Northwest, here are a few of our favorite family-friendly floral destinations.

1. The Portland Rose Garden

Rose Garden2

  • Best time to visit: June-September
  • Cost: Free
  • Why we like it: rows and rows of roses for your noses
  • Location:400 SW Kingston Ave  Portland, OR 97205

2. Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm

tulip festival

  • Best time to visit: late March-early May
  • Cost: $10/car
  • Why we like it: It’s like a trip to Holland without the jet lag
  • Location: 33814 S Meridian Rd  Woodburn, OR 97071

3. Swan Island Dahlias

Dahlia Festival Field

  • Best time to visit: August-September
  • Cost: Free
  • Why we like it: Dahlias are my favorite flower. They are a hardy kind of cheerful.
  • Location: 995 NW 22nd Ave  Canby, OR 97013

4. Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden



{Photo courtesy of the lovely Marcie Colleen}

  • Best time to visit: Spring
  • Cost: Free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Why we like it: Rhododendrons are not the state flower of Oregon, but I feel like they should be. They are plentiful, gorgeous, and peak in spring. (Always a welcome sight after a long gray Oregon winter!)
  • Location: 6015 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Because I couldn’t choose between Marcie’s photos, here are a few more pictures from Crystal Springs:


  1. Stacy S. Jensen

    Thanks for letting us visit online. I’ll have to remember this for my next trip to the Northwest!

    • Hannah Holt

      If you are ever in town, send me a message. I’d love to get together.

  2. Marcie Colleen

    I am beyond honored to have spent an afternoon with you and your kids at Crystal Springs. :) We’ll plan to do it again some time. xoxo

    • Hannah Holt

      We loved seeing you. Yes, please. Visit soon. xo!

  3. Julie Rowan-Zoch

    Sweet! I do miss Rhododendrons here in CO.

  4. Catherine Johnson

    They all look lovely and inexpensive day trips. Reminds me of New Zealand. I can’t wait to venture over the border properly.

  5. Tina Cho

    Beautiful photos and fun field trips. How neat you got to meet Marcie!