Hidden away on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River is this estate garden, designed by John C. Olmsted and created in the 1920s, for the original owner, Peter Kerr. When Kerr died in 1957 at the age of ninety-five, he had spent sixty years developing his garden. In 1959 Kerr's daughters donated the house and land to the Episcopal Diocese of Portland with the stipulation that the garden be open to the public.
We were here on Tuesday of our Memorial Day extended weekend. Bright and sunny the previous day, Tuesday dawned wet and chilly. With one umbrella we found stashed in the car, and my rain jacket I packed just in case, we set out to explore this Eden.
This is a long walk around this 23 acre garden. I won't say much. Just come along at your own pace.
A peak out onto the great lawn.As you can see, there are magnificent trees here.
On a clear day I understand there are views of Mt Hood here, but not today.
Down at the end of the great lawn now.
Exploring an island in the lawn.
Can you find little me in here with these big trees?
From here, at the end of our walk, we can see the hillside where we began.
If you ever get a chance, visit this garden. It is out of the way, but so worth the trip.