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Hoyt Arboretum

Hoyt Arboretum
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Hoyt Arboretum

Audio Transcript

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.

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"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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Phyllis Reynolds

Hoyt Arboretum Neighbor

Retired Clinical Psychologist


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