Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer Travels 2010 - Part 4: The Portland Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon

After I have mentioned it in several previous posts, here, finally, is the post about the famous Portland Japanese Garden. Located in Washington Park just above the International Rose Test Garden, the Portland Japanese Garden was designed by Takuma Tono and opened in 1967. It covers 5.5 acres (ca. 2.2 ha) and consists of five distinct garden areas. These are the Flat Garden, the Strolling Pond Garden, the Tea Garden, the Natural Garden, and the Sand and Stone Garden and each of them represents a different traditional Japanese garden style.

 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

Rhododendron 'Rosebud'

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.


  1. Great garden tour ! Wonderful pictures, thanks much, Gina

  2. What a delightful post and great pictures! It's a real treat for me since I used to live in Portland and loved to visit that garden. You did a great job!

  3. Thank you, Gina and Tatyana! I am glad you enjoyed the post!


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