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Elk Rock Garden

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Magnolia collection and mature trees

Elk Rock Garden is a quiet place to spend time and has a nice sense of garden hostory. The grounds... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Bishop’s Close – See It Fast, It’s Been Sold

We visited Bishop’s Close, also known as Elk Rock Garden, on a lovely weekday in early Fall... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2018
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Beautiful public gardens full of ponds and rare flowers.
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11800 SW Military Ln, Portland, OR 97219-8436
+1 503-636-5613
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

Elk Rock Garden is a quiet place to spend time and has a nice sense of garden hostory. The grounds were planted in the first half of the 20th century and contains many mature trees and ornamental shrubs, including a collection of Magnolia. Of course...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank vonifide
Reviewed 17 September 2018

We visited Bishop’s Close, also known as Elk Rock Garden, on a lovely weekday in early Fall. Located on a private estate in a lovely neighborhood in Lake Oswego, OR, we were charmed by the home, the location, and the gardens. The gardens are operated...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Diane M
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Portland is getting so big and busy that you might think quiet respites no longer exist. Ahhhh, but they do. The garden is not overly big so it's any easy stroll. Benches to sit and ponder are plentiful. The ancient trees, the view of the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank pochen9
Reviewed 9 June 2018

This out of the way garden was a real surprise. While it is at the Bishop's Close, the garden is open to the public. The garden was obviously planted according to a plan, but has a very natural look. Periodic benches enable visitors to relax...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Paula B
Reviewed 30 May 2018

The paths are nice and have small rocks which help you feel stable through the winding paths. Several flowers were in bloom. If you are physically able, there are stone steps that will allow you to check out paths and the top level by the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank AlliEric L
Reviewed 28 May 2018

We spent about two hours exploring the gardens and enjoying the fragrances. We could not help but photograph what Mother Nature had to offer. This is an ideal place to go relax and escape the madness of civilization. Probably the best time to visit is...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Nana G
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Driving to Elk Rock Garden is part of the fun. The neighborhood where the garden is bespeaks of a great deal of Portland "Old Money". The homes are classic and the beautiful mansions tease about what you are about to experience. There is a parking...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Milestogo007
Reviewed 12 April 2018

The trails and environment were wonderful. It was very pleasant, having the place to ourselves. This is an area of mansions, and this is one of the biggest estates. The one-page history was fascinating about how this plan was settled in 1888 and given to...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Alan F
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Looking for Elk Rock, Google found this for us. Tucked into an exclusive neighborhood SW of Portland it's a real gem. Acres of trails take you to breathtaking cliff views of the Willamette River. Many of the plants are labelled and all are well cared...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank RushCubFan
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

Senior couple. A small unique garden. Quiet along the walkways viewing the unique plants and trees. Not a big place but well worth the time. Nice view of the river.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Alan W
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