The historic Deepwood Estate (1116 SE Mission St., 503/363-1825, gardens dawn–dusk daily, house tours noon–4 p.m. Sun.–Fri. mid-May–mid-Sept., 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Wed.–Thurs. and Sat. mid-Sept.–mid-May, $4 adults, $3 students and seniors, $2 children) features tours of an elegant 1894 Queen Anne–style home with hand-carved woodwork, gorgeous stained-glass windows, and a well-marked nature trail.
The English formal gardens here were designed in the 1930s by the Pacific Northwest’s first women-owned landscape architecture firm; the Pringle Creek Trail’s native flora and the public greenhouse’s tropical plants are also worth visiting. Sit in Deepwood’s pagoda-like gazebo with the scent of boxwood heavy in the air on a spring afternoon and you’ll soon forget the hue and cry of political proceedings at the capitol.
Parking is at 12th and Lee Streets near the greenhouse.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel