The Petersen Rock Gardens

artist: Rasmus Petersen (1883 - 1952)
built: 1935 - 1952
where: 7930 SW 77th Street, off US Highway 97, southwest of Redmond, Oregon
status: In Fall 2016 the Petersen Rock Garden announced it was closed to the public pending repairs and restoration.
Petersen Rock Gardens web info

Castles & bridges, malachite & thundereggs, ponds & peacocks. This is one of the most underrated folk art environments in America. The constructions are sophisticated, the landscaping is incredible, and the site has been well maintained by the family. It's only a little bit hard to find; just look for the patch of bright blue Oregon sky above. (And don't miss the fluorescent rock display in the museum.)


larger, higher resolution version of these photos on Flickr


Fall 2002 visit



















all photos copyright Lawrence Harris



vintage postcard



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