Who visits a rhododendron garden when it's not spring bloom time? Me - and a few of my walking friends.
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, but we were walking the Reed College canyon and decided on a whim to stop in. There's a $3 charge in summer (Labor Day was the last day) but whatever money they've been taking in has apparently contributed to major revitalization of the garden. New construction was evident everywhere, from paths and bridges to ramps and beautiful rock walls.
But just look at the gorgeous form of this large specimen.
There are at least three waterfalls in the garden. They're lovely, cool focal points.
Hopworks Urban Brewery on Powell for a late lunch. It was packed, so I had plenty of time to admire the novel planters out front while we waited for a table.