Hoyt Arboretum

Arboretum

A museum of living trees.

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Accessibility Notes

Special Note on Access Parking for cars is very limited in Washington Park, especially during warm, sunny weekends. About 40% of all visitors skip the parking and arrive by rideshare, walking, biking or using TriMet transit service. Once you’re in the park, use the free seasonal shuttle to explore the park.

Size in acres

153.01

Year acquired

1922

History

During National Forestry Week in 1928, the Forestry Committee of the Chamber of Commerce convinced the City Council to establish an arboretum in Washington Park to preserve evergreens for educational and recreational purposes. Multnomah County gave the Parks Bureau perpetual use of approximately 145 acres of land north of Washington Park for this purpose. It was named Hoyt Arboretum in honor of Ralph Warren Hoyt, the county commissioner who championed the formation of the arboretum.

Most of the collection is arranged in family groups: all the oaks are in one area and all of the redwoods are in another. Grouping by scientific classification, or taxonomic arrangement, was in vogue when the Arboretum was first laid out. In the 1930s, planners decided to use Fairview Boulevard to divide the conifers from the deciduous trees: conifers were planted on the west side and deciduous trees on the east.

Hoyt Arboretum’s plant collection contains 6,000 individual trees and shrubs, representing 2,000 different species from around the world. A publically available database allows the user to search for plants by family genus, species, common name and location in the arboretum. Plant Database

Reservations available

Picnic site
Wedding site

Located within

Park Location or Entrance

Hoyt Arboretum main entrance
4000 SW Fairview Blvd
Portland, OR 97221

Open hours

Park hours: 5:00am-9:30pm.

The parking lot and access roads are closed at 9:30pm.

To reserve a picnic area, call 503-823-2525. Picnic Site Maps and Info

Upcoming Events

No Ivy Day 2020

Volunteer Event
9:00 am 12:00 pm

Park amenities/activities

Accessible Picnic Area
Accessible Restroom
Gift Shop
Paths (Paved)
Paths (Unpaved)
Pay to Park
Picnic Shelter
Trails (Hiking)
Visitor Attraction

City section

Downtown