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Rhododendron Garden showcases nature’s bounty

EUGENE, ORE. – When visiting Eugene, Ore. travelers may overlook some of the scenery and the beauty of the Willamette Valley. It doesn’t take much, however, to enjoy nature among the many trails and in the city’s many parks. A true gem that can be found not far from the University of Oregon campus is the city’s oldest park, Hendricks Park. The park was established in 1906 and tucked among the state’s oldest living oak trees is the Rhododendron Garden. There are 15 acres of the flowering bushes, benches for enjoying the surrounding scenery and trails for exploring the many varieties of “Rhodies.” Wildlife can be seen scurrying along the forested floor and there are often families enjoying a photo shoot within the park. Hendricks Park and its Rhododendron Garden can be a way of escaping the busy hustle and bustle of Eugene and its many other offerings. When finished admiring the flowers, the 78 acres of woodlands contained within Hendricks Park offers much more of nature’s beauty. So, get away and relax. Enjoy the contrast of the city and nature. Visit Eugene’s Rhododendron Garden.

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A red flowering currant is one of many Oregon flowers gracing the trails at the Rhododendron Garden in Eugene, Ore.

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Several seating areas like this are situated throughout the Rhododendron Garden that makes up one section of Eugene’s oldest park, Hendricks Park.

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Several trails meander among the flowers and trees at Hendricks Park in Eugene, Ore. Two people can be seen in the distance enjoying nature’s beauty.

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This is one of the many rhododendron bushes that can be found in the Rhododendron Garden in Eugene, Ore.

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A gray squirrel forages for food at Eugene’s Rhododendron Garden, which is located just a few blocks from the University of Oregon.

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A camellia bush is among the many rhododendrons that bring color to the Rhododendron Gardens at Hendricks Park in Eugene, Ore.

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