Thursday, April 15, 2010

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens- Portland

What a perfect time of the year to visit a rhododendron garden! After driving into Portland, picking up our niece Cheryl and nephew Daryl,  we headed for the Crystal Springs Gardens.
 These gardens also have azaleas. The azaleas and rhododendrons bloom from February and continue through June. There is a lake and waterfalls in this seven acre garden, which makes for a beautiful setting for the blooming bushes. There were numerous migratory waterfowl either in the lake or out wandering on the paths with us while we were there.
While walking the gardens I could not help but take many pictures. I wanted to capture all that beauty forever!  I will post one more here before moving on.
For lunch we ate at the "trailers". They are a cluster of food trailers located on a street corner in Portland. It is like an outdoor food court. Interestingly enough, the type of food offered at these trailers is international; as French, Mexican and English. I had a delicious salmon crepe sandwich, Cheryl and Daryl enjoyed poutine( french fries covered with gravy and cheese curds). John and I had a similar dish when we were in Quebec, it is quite the comfort food and does not taste as bad as it sounds!

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