One of the gates to the tea garden
The waterfall in the strolling pond garden
One of the ponds in the Strolling Pond Garden
The Zig Zag Bridge through beds of Iris in the Strolling Pond Garden
An azalea (Rhododendron sp.) in the Natural Garden
My favorite parts of the garden were the Strolling Pond Garden and Tea Garden, mainly because they are rather intimate and full of detail as well as rich in interesting plants. I absolutely love the low Zig Zag Bridge winding its way through beds of irises; if one day I am lucky enough to have a large pond I would love to add a similar one. Not only is it quietly elegant but it provides a perfect viewing platform for aquatic plants.
A miniature stone pagoda in the Strolling Pond Garden
A stone lantern and a white azalea
A small stone fountain in the Flat Garden
A pink azalea which thought was particularly pretty
The rather austere Sand and Stone Garden
The gardens are quite beautiful and immaculately maintained - even while we were there gardeners were clipping and plucking away in the shrubbery. However, since the Portland Japanese Garden is such a well-known attraction, it can also get quite crowded and so it is probably a good idea to visit early in the day. The garden opens at 10:00 am everyday except on Mondays, when it opens at noon. Since we went on a Monday, my mom and I, like many others, used the hours before the garden opened to explore the International Rose Test Garden just down the slope.
A view from the Strolling Pond Garden towards the Tea Garden
A nook in the Tea Garden
Another view from the Strolling Pond Garden
A view across the center of the Flat Garden
If you want to read more about the Portland Japanese Garden, you can do so on its excellent website. In the meantime, I will be traveling a lot in the coming weeks and I am not sure how often I will be able to post but hopefully I will be able to visit some interesting gardens along the way that will eventually make their way onto this blog.