Retirees enjoy visit to Garden at Elk Rock

Once again the PCC Retiree Network enjoyed a garden tour led by Dick Hollenbeck. This time, The Garden at Elk Rock (aka Bishop’s Close) in SW Portland.  Afterward we enjoyed an al fresco lunch at Petit Provence in Lake Oswego.  Here are a few photos of the highlights…

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Dick Hollenbeck providing an overview and history of the property as we gathered on the parking lot.

 

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Dick talking about the variety of imported plants from around the world gathered by the original owner.

 

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You can almost make out the ‘monkey puzzle’ tree in the middle of this photo.

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A short climb up to the ‘parterre’ garden area and a view from the parterre overlooking the main residence.

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Most of the group here… Jerry Ekstrom, Gary Lesniak, Byron Rendar, Bob Ewing, (partially visible Betty Kendall and Barbara Smith), Dick Hollenbeck, John Kendall, Carol and Bill Love.

 

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The Garden sits on the hillside east of Hwy 43 overlooking the Willamette River. The ‘Island’ visible on the right center is Elk Rock.

 

Madrone trees along the overlook.

Madrone trees along the overlook.

Mt Hood is barely visible out there in the haze of a sunny summer day.

Mt Hood is barely visible out there in the haze of a sunny summer day.

Dick provided ample warnings for us amateur gardeners that those little spruce trees you can buy at your local garden center will look like this in not too many years!

Dick provided ample warnings for us amateur gardeners that those little spruce trees you can buy at your local garden center will look like this in not too many years!

Best this enormous old cherry tree is beautiful in full bloom.  A reason to visit the garden in early spring.

Best this enormous old cherry tree is beautiful in full bloom. A reason to visit the garden in early spring.

That's a Magnolia blooming next to the residence.

That’s a Magnolia blooming next to the residence.

And, behind the residence from here a pair of towering redwoods.

And, behind the residence from here a pair of towering redwoods.

There's a bit of lawn mowing to be done around the house.

There’s a bit of lawn mowing to be done around the house.

Dick is just a wealth of information on this kind of tour.

Dick is just a wealth of information on this kind of tour.

At last I managed to get Sherry Cam in one of the group photos.

At last I managed to get Sherry Cam in one of the group photos.

Just one of the scores of flowering plants.  Here fuschia, but so many varieties around this garden.

Just one of the scores of flowering plants. Here fuchsia, but so many varieties around this garden.

Can you find the bee in this shot? No? Probably because he flew out of frame at the bottom just as I finally got focused.

Can you find the bee in this shot? No? Probably because he flew out of frame at the bottom just as I finally got focused.

The base of one of those towering redwoods previously seen 'behind the residence'.

The base of one of those towering redwoods previously seen ‘behind the residence’.

Mt Hood faded away in the haze again, but it is right out there framed in that rectangular patch of sky between the tree limbs.

Mt Hood faded away in the haze again, but it is right out there framed in that rectangular patch of sky between the tree limbs.

And the tour was followed by lunch at the Petit Provence in Lake Oswego. Jerry, Gary, Sherry and Bob.

And the tour was followed by lunch at the Petit Provence in Lake Oswego. Jerry, Gary, Sherry and Bob.

Bill, Carol, Betty and John, Jerry. (Not pictured, Barbara Smith, Byron Rendar.  And, thanks to Byron for sharing some of his photos for this post.)

Bill, Carol, Betty and John, Jerry. (Not pictured, Barbara Smith, Byron Rendar. And, thanks to Byron for sharing some of his photos for this post.)

And a few additional photos courtesy of Gary Lesniak.

Gathered on the patio of the residence to take in the view of Mt Hood.

Gathered on the patio of the residence to take in the view of Mt Hood.

Looking east across the Willamette from the Garden at Elk Rock

Looking east across the Willamette from the Garden at Elk Rock

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Bob, Dick, Sherry, Bill and Carol

 

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