Hi, I'm Phyllis Reynolds, and I'm a retired clinical psychologist and a writer. For over half of my life, I have lived very close to Hoyt Arboretum, and back in the 1940s I used to collect botanic specimens for my biology class in high school, and I rode horses on the trails. Now you won't see any horses on the trails –and you really shouldn't have seen them back then. But in the past 30 years, the arboretum has been a special resource for me. I've written two books about trees in Portland, and I've written a history of the arboretum.
"Created in 1928, Hoyt Arboretum is now a beautiful 200-plus acres of a museum of trees from around the world."
Created in 1928, Hoyt Arboretum is now a beautiful 200-plus acres of a museum of trees from around the world. It has 12 miles of trails with signs along the way telling you about the plant material that is around you. It has vistas, it has picnic areas, and it has free maps at the visitor’s center on Fairview Boulevard.If you have a special hankering to sit under big old redwoods, there's a special deck built for you to do just that. So come along and enjoy!
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Hoyt Arboretum Neighbor
Retired Clinical Psychologist
The Japanese garden was created in Portland nearly 60 years ago and has become a hallmark of the community today.
Portland Japanese Garden
We think of forests as ancient and unchanging, but in the inland West the forests we see today look nothing like those of 150 years ago.
World Forestry Center
The International Rose Test Garden was founded in 1917 and is the oldest continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States.
International Rose Test Garden
Explore & Connect
Explore 150 years of Washington Park, originally called City Park, and its many destinations by visiting the featured Discovery Points. Each location connects you to history, photos, and community members’ stories.
Most Discovery Points are accessible from Washington Park Free Shuttle designated stops. Use our real-time shuttle tracker.
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