Last Thursday was my first time in the Rhododendron Garden at Hendricks Park in Eugene, Oregon. The garden was beautiful and full of stunning flowers. I’ve never seen so many varieties of rhododendrons.
This past week our motorhome, Stimpy, was in the shop with AM Solar in Springfield, Oregon to have a solar system and new batteries installed. As a result, we’ve been living in our truck camper, Ren, for about a week now. Earlier in the week, we had a short visit with our good friends in Welches. We arrived back in Eugene area on Thursday.
On Thursday night we planned to camp in a Walmart parking lot before Ren had a solar panel installed the next day. Since there was no reason to get to Walmart before dark, we tried to kill time on Thursday evening. We went to Hendricks Park near University of Oregon. According to the City of Eugene’s website, Hendricks Park is Eugene’s oldest city park. The 80-acre park is a haven for people who enjoy hiking, bird watching, or just taking in the tranquility of nature.
After parking our truck, we walked toward the Rhododendron Garden. Wow. Rhododendrons were everywhere. Many of them are blooming with a lot more yet to bloom. The prime time to view rhododendron blooming here is from April to May, basically now. There were rhododendron plants of many sizes, from small bushes to large trees. The size of the flowers was also varied, ranging from as small as azalea flowers to larger than David’s hand. They have so many colors.
In addition to rhododendrons, the Garden also has many other plants — camellias, Douglas firs, magnolia trees, Japanese maples, oaks, and lots of flowering plants I don’t know the names. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon in the city.
If you’re looking for something more active to do in Eugene area, check out my post about Spencer Butte.