JARS v46n1 - Portland Rededicates Crystal Springs Garden

Portland Rededicates Crystal Springs Garden

ARS members, friends of Crystal Springs Garden and Portland city officials celebrated the reopening of Crystal Springs Garden, Portland, Ore., on Oct. 17, 1991. Mike Stewart, Portland Chapter president, led the events to welcome the public back to the garden which had been closed during the summer for construction. Amid colorful banners, streamers and evergreen garlands, those assembled dedicated the new high arched bridge, overlook planting and wildlife interpretive sign.

Landscape architect, Linda Royer, designed the graceful new bridge arching over Crystal Springs. Its laminated beam construction and intricate railing design make it an attractive addition to the garden and a focal point for photographers. Funds for the bridge have come from the Portland Chapter ARS, and Portland Bureau of Parks.

Extensive new plantings of shrubs and perennials have been added to the overlook point just beyond the new arched bridge. Linda Royer also designed this garden area which was made possible with funds from the Portland Garden Club, Portland Chapter ARS, and Hardy Plant Society of Oregon.

Garden visitors can now more fully enjoy viewing the waterfowl at the garden with the aid of the new interpretive sign. The three by five foot porcelain enamel sign, located at water's edge, identifies the commonly seen waterfowl and aquatic birds and gives information about their habitat and diet. Funding for the sign has come from the Oregon State Parks grant in aid program, Portland Chapter ARS and the Portland Bureau of Parks.

The Portland Chapter ARS, through the Crystal Springs Garden Committee, Ted Van Veen, chairman, continues to develop and maintain the garden for the benefit of the public through volunteer work parties and fund raising events. Contributions are welcome and can be sent to the Portland Chapter ARS, Crystal Springs Garden Fund.

Come visit the garden this spring to see the magnificent rhododendron plantings and the new features. The garden is located on SE 28th Ave. near Woodstock Avenue, Portland, Ore.