Shore Acres State Park – Flowers 1/2

Tuesday I spent some time at this Oregon State Park, on the site of the former Louis Simpson estate.  Mr. Simpson, a wealthy lumberman and shipbuilder, imported plants from all over the world and had several acres of formal gardens next to his mansion which sat on a cliff overlooking the ocean.  The mansion and gardens fell into disrepair during the Great Depression and the state bought the property from Mr. Simpson.  The house was too expensive for the state to restore and maintain and was razed but the gardens have been restored and are now part of a gorgeous State Park, just south of Charleston.

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