Saturday, January 27, 2007

Birthday at Bishop's Close

This evening we had the pleasure of joining others at Bishop’s Close to celebrate Fran’s 60th birthday. I’ve lived in the Portland area my entire life and have never visited this beautiful landmark.
The Elk Rock Gardens / Bishop's Close is the name that was given to the Peter Kerr estate when it was given to the Diocese of Oregon in 1959. Located in the Dunthorpe area the estate consists of thirteen acres on a high bluff on the western bank of the Willamette River and includes approximately six acres of cultivated English-style gardens.
The term "close" as it is used in this instance derives from British usage where it describes an enclosed area around a church or other sacred space, which provides a place for quietude and meditation.
One beautiful day in spring, I would like to go back with my camera and take pictures of Mt. Hood and the gardens in bloom. A great place to take out of town guests!
The house, located at 11800 SW Military Lane, is now the office of the Bishop of the Diocese of Oregon. The gardens are open to the public from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven day a week.
Happy birthday, Fran and we wish you many blessings on your birthday and in the coming year!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Invite me when you go in the Spring to take photos. I have never heard of this place and it sounds like a place not to miss. Thanks for sharing :)