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Once the grand estate of pioneer timber baron Louis Simpson, Shore Acres features 5 acres of lushly planted gardens with plants and flowers from all over the world. Something is in bloom almost every day of the year. Perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean, Shore Acres State Park is an exciting and unexpected combination of beautiful natural and constructed features. . During autumn, winter and spring, visitors gather on the tall sandstone cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean for storm watching and observation of the gray whale migration.
In the landscaped area you'll discover a formal garden, an oriental-style pond and two rose gardens. Walk to the back of the park near the moon bridge to visit the Japanese Choshi Garden, landscaped with irises, bamboo and other plantings.
Rhododendron Sunday - Mother's Day
The Rhododendron Sunday, on Mother's Day, is a great time to visit the garden.
The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and rhody experts will be there to answer questions from gardeners, the Bay Area Artists Association will sponsor a Paint-Out in the Gardens and the Garden House will be open with cookies, punch and coffee.
Rose Sunday - Father's Day
The Rose Garden boasts more than 600 bushes, from fragrant tea roses to delicate miniatures. Rose Sunday, on Father's Day, is another great time to visit the garden. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and rose experts will be there to answer questions from gardeners, the Bay Area Artists Association will sponsor a Paint-Out in the Gardens and the Garden House will be open with cookies, punch and coffee.
Shore Acres Holiday of Lights - Thanksgiving until New Years
If you visit from Thanksgiving through New Years, the gardens are ablaze with thousands of colored lights and holiday decorations for the Shore Acres Holiday of Lights put up by community volunteers and The Friends of Shore Acres in cooperation with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Any time you visit you can stroll down a trail to a small secluded ocean cove at Simpson Beach where elephant seals haul out to molt amongst picnickers or skirt the cliff's edge to see spectacular ocean vistas which often include towering waves crashing against the shoreline after a storm and migrating grey whales. On the site of Simpson's vanished mansion, a fully enclosed observation building will allow you to view the ocean and protect you from the weather. The observation building has interpretive panels describing the history of the Simpson estate.
The Friends of Shore Acres operate a gift and information center at the entrance to the formal gardens where visitors can purchase items that relate to the historical and natural features of Shore Acres. The Friends also sponsor a variety of horticultural and cultural events at the garden throughout the year.
A large Monterey pine (pinus radiata) dates back to the historic Louis J. Simpson estate. A member of the national Big Tree Register, the pine is 95 feet tall with a 208-inch truck circumference and a 74-foot crown spread. It shares co-champion honors with a Monterey pine in Carmel, California, which has a smaller trunk, but a wider crown. It was probably planted around 1910.