“At Mountain Park, I stood on high ground, where one can easily drift in imagination back to the pioneer days, for in the distance is Mount Hood and below and all around is the wonderful Willamette Valley. Here, the wild flowers are abundant, many used as food by the Indians and early settlers. The blue elderberries, for example, not only made fine pies and jam, but were an attractive tall plant for shading the back porch.
Oregon Grape, Berberis aquifolium, which is the state flower of Oregon, is abundant in mountain park. Wild flowers are everywhere, including lupines, our very familiar ox-eye white daisy, orange flowered oxalis, trilliums, inside-out flower, fireweed, foxglove, mullein, and many others. A vine of the bright orange flowered honey-suckle has draped itself in a small dogwood tree.
Madrona – which could compete well with the big-leafed maple and the dogwood for the first place among the trees – is there. In bloomtime, the hummingbirds come to the urn-shaped flowers for the sweet nectar, and they are followed by pigeons and other wild birds for the berries in the fall.”
-Evelyn Yates, a naturalist, upon her visit in the late 1970s