Cecil & Molly Smith Garden

Garden Description

A canopy of native Douglas firs create an ideal environment for the natural woodland garden of rare beauty, featuring superior forms of species and hybrid rhododendrons. This spectacular garden Cecil and Molly created now has over 600 rhododendrons and azaleas.  See Plant List.

Complementing the rhododendron collection are choice trees, shrubs, wildflowers and bulbs. Each pathway reveals its own visual treat— a moss covered log with plants tucked in the bark crevices, plants thriving on tree stumps, drifts of wild flowers. Masses of Cyclamen, Narcissus, Erythronium and Trillium flourish here. 

Raybell Road on google—
Ray Bell Road on Road Signs

Location:  5055 Ray Bell Road NE
                   St. Paul, OR 97137

Serene Garden Walks
Scenic Nature Paths
Rhododendron & Companion Plant Sale Area
Custom Guided Tours Can Be Arranged

Open Saturdays and Sundays in April and May from 11 AM—4 PM. 
Garden is closed Memorial Day weekend.  

$3 admission charge, ARS members are admitted free.

Plants propagated from the garden are offered for sale.  The parking and the gate house to the plant sale sections are  paths are flat with a bench for sitting and viewing.  (People with walkers can enjoy this area.)

Paths continue down a sloping site, crisscrossing through the shaded forest. Some trails are steep. Benches are located on several trails.

The restroom is located behind the garage in the basement.  It can be reached from the main road off the driveway, several trails, and also down some sloping steps at the side of the house from the upper entrance area.   

Custom guided group  tours of more than 10 can be scheduled.
Call Karen Cavender at 503-625-6331

General questions:  call Dick Cavender at 503-625-6331 or red@redsrhodies.com    Interested in volunteering for the Monday work days? 

For a club presentation on the Cecil & Molly Smith Garden contact 
Ginny Mapes webmaster  ginny@coho.net

Gardens are a form of autobiography.  ~Sydney Eddison
The Cecil and Molly Smith Garden positively reflects the lives of a couple who generously gave us a legacy with their woodland garden.

Cyclamen Coum  (left)
Cecil & Molly Smith Garden