Monday’s Meander: Elk Rock Garden of Bishop’s Close

Once or twice a year I post about this graceful, fully accessible garden spread over 13 acres. It changes wonderfully over seasons and displays a fascinating mix of botanical life. The house was built in 1914 by a Scottish businessman, Peter Kerr, to resemble a Scottish manor. It was built along the Willamette River to also give a good view of Mt. Hood in the distance. At his death in 1957, his daughters decided to give it to the Episcopal Bishop of Oregon, with a provisory clause that the garden be open to visitors.

Wandering there gives rise to deep peace. Join Marc and me as we stroll about on a recent visit.

Outdoor altar for the Holy Eucharist, for staff at the Diocese ; it is covered in kiwi vine.

4 thoughts on “Monday’s Meander: Elk Rock Garden of Bishop’s Close

  1. Thanks for taking us along on this peaceful visit through Elk Rocks Garden, Cynthia. Your photos are delightful capturing the beauty of this well-tended garden and estate. The Willamette area and its rainfall are beautifully expressed in the endless green and vibrant flowers.

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