Cecil & Molly Smith Garden


Open Garden Days

Saturdays and Sundays in April and May from 11 AM—4 PM.

Garden is closed Memorial Day weekend.

$3 admission charge is asked for the benefit of the garden.  ARS members are admitted free.

For more information and photos see the Smith Garden website:


Garden Description

A canopy of native Douglas firs creates an ideal environment for this three-acre natural woodland garden featuring superior forms of species and hybrid rhododendrons. 

Complementing the rhododendron collection are 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.

The Smith Garden has charmed and delighted visitors from around the world.

It has been featured on the cover of Horticulture Magazine, on television’s Garden Time and PBS Victory Garden, and is included in the book The American Man's Garden by Rosemary Verey. 

Serene Garden Walks

Scenic Nature Paths

Rhododendron & Companion Plant Sale Area

Custom Guided Tours Can Be Arranged

Plants propagated from the garden are offered for sale.  From the Parking Area to the Gate House to the Plant Sale Area, paths are fairly flat and there is a bench for sitting.  (People with walkers can enjoy this area.)

It is a sloping site, and paths crisscross through the shaded forest.  A few trails might be power-wheel chair accessible.

The restroom is located behind the garage in the basement of the house.  It can be reached from the main road going down the driveway. Several trails end at the side of the house, near the garage from the upper entrance area.

Smith Garden is located at 5055 Raybell Road,  St. Paul, Oregon 97137.


•0.7 mile west of Highway 219 between               Newberg and St. Paul.

•Turn west on Champoeg Road (look for the blue Heirloom Roses sign) and continue straight on to Raybell Road to the garden.

•Parking and entrance are on the right just past the house.


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

Interested in volunteering for the Monday work days?  call Dick Cavender at 503-625-6331


Cecil & Molly Smith Garden