14 thoughts on “Lambert Gardens, circa 1960

  1. At the time of this photo, Lambert Gardens had 10 peacocks, 6 flamingos and some rare cranes. During the wintertime, the peacocks and flamingos lived in the greenhouses. The workers would feed the flamingos beets to keep their color a nice bright pink. The gardens had an amazing story and it’s sad they’re gone.

  2. I recall visiting these beautiful gardens as a kid. Often when visitors came from out of town my parents would take them to the gardens. We loved to see the peacocks strutting through the flowers and the colorful flamingos among the plants and statues. Thanks, Johnny, for reminding us of those beautiful birds!

  3. America has some wonderful attributes like fantastic natural beauty, music, and a constitution that separates church and state for which I’m most proud. Our development schemes however are atrocious. Our cities and outlying areas are nothing but huge commercial eyesores that all look the same (as in the expression: “Anywhere USA”).

    By comparison, European cities are by in large much more livable and pleasing to the eye, and their gardens are delightful in the summer.

    The City of Portland does deserve credit for having more parks than most cities, but it’s passing on this property makes about as much sense as creating a Mill Ends Park.

  4. wp prince: “a constitution that separates church and state”
    You should try reading the US Constitution. There is no such phrase in it.

  5. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
    — First Amendment to the United States Constitution

  6. The last post on this site about Lambert Gardens had great info from Dennis on how much the owner wanted for his land. I could see why the city passed. In addition Westmoreland Park is nearby as other other parks so I understand why the city decided not to buy it.

  7. Johnny, As I said, or constitution has a separation between church and state. That’s what the First Amendment states. There is no confusion.

  8. The establishment clause of the Constitution may not use the words “separation of church and state,” but Thomas Jefferson did use those exact words in describing its effect. Since then, the US Supreme Court has on many occasions also described and interpreted the establishment clause as erecting a “wall of separation” between church and state.

  9. It would have been nice to have the exact address for the location, I remember biking past the Lambert Garden Apts. on SE 28th in my youts.

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