By: Scarlett “Boney” Begonias
Places to Enjoy the Stunning Spring Flowers in Portland with your Pup
Springtime is finally here, and Mom and Dad have finally been taking me to the dog park daily. I was
starting to get worried that winter was going to last forever. Every tree in the city suddenly smells edible
Mom has an obsession with flowers. She’s always grabbing them off the ground to make bookmarks --
embarrassing! She says gardening is abundant in the Pacific Northwest, and we are lucky to live in
Portland, Ore. The flowers are honestly lovely, but sometimes I just want to pee on them and move on.
There are cherry blossoms living all over the city right now. These beauties were in our own backyard!
We had fun exploring a park along the Willamette River, called Tom McCall Waterfront Park, where
there are too many cherry blossom trees to sniff. I think it’s one of the loveliest parks in downtown
Portland, and it’s a perfect location for a picnic with your pup.
The air was so crisp that day, I could taste it. It felt like the whole city made an appearance with their
dogs to enjoy the refreshing, sunny day. There were so many pups and weird people running by that I
could hardly concentrate on anything but protecting Mom and Dad.
Even the geese flew in from Canada to check these out!
Mom and Dad wouldn’t let me go down to the river to say hello.
It was quite the party that day.
Another wonderful place to explore the spring flowers with your pup is at the free International Rose
Test Garden. The gardens are pup-friendly, and there are over 10,000 species of roses bred in the
garden. The park has been running since the 1920s and is considered a city landmark. The rose garden
is another great picnic spot to relax with your pup.
Did you know that Portland is nicknamed The City of Roses? Rose bushes thrive in gardens all over the
city. The best time to visit to see roses in the city is between May and September.
Expert tip: I try not to get too close to the roses because there are stinging bees and thorns
The last place to explore the beautiful spring flowers in the city is in your own neighborhood. It seems
that everyone in Portland has a green thumb, and it is an amazing experience to sniff through everyone’s
yards on the way to the dog park.
If you are ever lucky enough to visit Portland in the spring, make sure to bring your pup to these
magical, free destinations. There is a good amount of dog-friendly hotels and Air B&Bs to stay at
throughout the city. We highly recommend checking out the Kimpton Hotels downtown.
Portland is one of the most dog-friendly cities in America, and your best friend will thank you for taking
them along on the adventure.
We hope to see you and your pup in Portland next Spring.
Thank you for reading my dog-friendly adventures!
Scarlett “Boney” Begonias is an American bulldog and dog-friendly-travel blogger. She is a passionate foodie, loves marrow bones, and enjoys hiking all over the country with her parents. She was rescued from death row in Miami as a pup, and thus is a breed advocate for bulldogs, pitbulls, and other restricted dog breeds. Scarlett’s mission is to educate people on breed restrictions and help people find the best destinations to travel with their best friends. To learn more, check out Scarlett’s blog, BigDogTravelBlog.com. firstname.lastname@example.org