Is it flowers that you fancy? April beckons with a bounty of beauty

Is it flowers that you fancy? April beckons with a bounty of beauty

Poet William Cullen Bryant wrote, “There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye. There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by.”

  • Forty acres of blooms await at Woodburn’s Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival.
  • Tryon Creek State Natural Area offers a Trillium Festival on April 6.
  • Downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park has 100 Akebono cherry trees (find them in a more traditional setting at the Japanese Garden).
  • The Lan Su Chinese Garden’s daphne and paperbush flowers enchant by sight and fragrance.
  • Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden boasts seven acres of rare specimens, azaleas, and hybrids (take some home from their April 13th show and sale).


Are the arts more your thing?

  • The Oregon Book Awards on April 8 honors our state’s most accomplished authors of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, young readers, and graphic literature.
  • The Expo Center hosts a Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Festival from April 11-13.
  • The Fertile Ground Festival from April 12-21 is where local artistic performances find their first audiences. There’s theater, dance, comedy, musical theater, multi-media performances, staged readings and more within a variety of performance spaces throughout Portland.


Looking to beautify your local community? SOLVE invites you to the Oregon Spring Cleanup, a statewide event between April 13-22 in honor of Earth Day. The Portland area is one of the “greenest” in the nation; you can help make our common spaces cleaner, greener, and brighter.

Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran wrote, “Beauty is that which attracts your soul, and that which loves to give and not to receive.”

  • What beauty sustains you?
  • With whom do you share it?
  • How do you cultivate it within the community?
  • What new beauty will you explore?


Rev. Dr. Sybrant serves at Murray Hills Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). For more info, visit us at 15050 SW Weir Road, Beaverton. | 503-524-5230