Portland’s Japanese Garden, part 1

While in Portland, Oregon, earlier this month, I visited the serene and beautiful Japanese Garden. The day was overcast and drizzly, perfect coming from a parched, over-baked Southern California.  Per their website: “There is meaning in every stone, reason in every plant and tree, and in every shadow a story.” Please enjoy the lush green gardens over the next few posts. ~SueBee

Per their website: “The 5.5 acre Japanese Garden is composed of five distinct garden styles. When we enter a Japanese garden, the desired effect is to realize a sense of peace, harmony, and tranquility and to experience the feeling of being a part of nature. In a deep sense, the Japanese garden is a living reflection of the long history and traditional culture of Japan.

Influenced by Shinto, Buddhist, and Taoist philosophies, there is always “something more” in these compositions of stone, water, and plants than meets the eye. Three of the essential elements used to create a Japanese garden are stone, the “bones” of the landscape; water, the life-giving force; and plants, the tapestry of the four seasons. Japanese garden designers feel that good stone composition is one of the most important elements in creating a well-designed garden. Secondary elements include pagodas, stone lanterns, water basins, arbors, and bridges. Japanese gardens are asymmetrical in design and reflect nature in idealized form.

Traditionally, human scale is maintained throughout so that one always feels part of the environment, not overpowered by it. As Professor Takuma Tono wanted to incorporate native trees in our Garden so that it would blend naturally with its environment, some of the plantings here are on a larger scale.”

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9 Comments on “Portland’s Japanese Garden, part 1”

  1. Sep 28, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    Oh, the miracle of water and green. Nice.

  2. Sep 27, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

    They certainly are green. It looks like a very restful place to visit.

    • Sep 27, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

      I was lucky it wasn’t too crowded so I was really able to enjoy it!

  3. Sep 27, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    Great photos! Looks like a nice place to “escape to!”

  4. Sep 27, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    So green! Looks stunning. We’ll have to make a point of visiting next time we are in Portland. I bet it is stunning in the fall!

    • Sep 27, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

      I checked their website to post the link and they have fall photos up… it’s even more gorgeous!

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