The Portland Japanese Garden
We visited the Portland Japanese Garden as part of the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling. I wouldn’t put Japanese gardens at the top of my list of favorite gardening styles. However, I’m very glad I was able to spend some time in this tranquil place.
The Portland Japanese Garden is actually five different gardens on 5.5 acres surrounded by protected woods. While the gardens are traditional, trees native to the Pacific Northwest are also included so as to blend in with the natural surroundings. This creates a larger sense of scale than is generally found in this type of garden.
The five gardens are the Flat Garden, the Strolling Pond Garden, the Natural Garden, and the Tea Garden. Throughout, stone and water matter just as much as the plants.
The Strolling Pond and Natural Gardens were the ones I found most enchanting
The Strolling Pond Garden actually has two ponds. The upper pond is shaded, smaller, and the more peaceful of the two.
The lower pond is in more sun, at the base of a waterfall.
In summer there is not a great deal of color, though there are a few irises blooming – and koi.
The Natural Garden has a primeval feel, a sense of quiet that makes the problems of the world seem unreal. At least for a brief time.
I loved these stone steps, there was something hypnotic about them. All the moss creates a blurry, dreamy feeling.
Just can’t have too much moss in a garden like this.
This was in the Sand and Stone Garden. I may be exposing myself as a yahoo, but I’ve got to say this sort of thing leaves me cold. All I can think is, “OK, nice gravel. What’s next?”
This is more like it. I forget where this fountain was exactly, but it’s very cool.
Do you enjoy traditional Japanese gardens?