Portland’s Japanese Garden: Top sights in Portland
“Portland’s own Japanese Garden is proclaimed the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a 12.4-acre haven of tranquil beauty nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland.” travelportland.com
“When His Excellency Nobuo Matsunaga, the former Ambassador of Japan to the United States, visited the Portland Japanese Garden, he proclaimed it to be “the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan.”
The Garden sits nestled in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon overlooking the city and providing a tranquil, urban oasis for locals and travelers alike. Designed in 1963, it encompasses 12 acres with eight separate garden styles, and includes an authentic Japanese Tea House, meandering streams, intimate walkways, and a spectacular view of Mt. Hood. This is a place to discard worldly thoughts and concerns and see oneself as a small but integral part of the universe.
Born out of a hope that the experience of peace can contribute to a long lasting peace. Born out of a belief in the power of cultural exchange. Born out of a belief in the excellence of craft, evidence in the Garden itself and the activities that come from it. Born out of a realization that all of these things are made more real and possible if we honor our connection to nature.”( japanesegarden.org)
We are so fortunate to have such an inspiration of serenity, beauty and tranquility right here in the heart of the City of Portland; with over 350,000 visitors annually.
If you visited the Japanese Garden before early 2017 or have never visited the gardens, it is time for you to experience the garden now that a 33.5 million expansion has been completed. The expansion added a larger footprint for education facilities and event spaces for people interested in Japanese gardening and culture, the parking lot was replaced with a Welcome Center that is landscaped by a water terrace, cascading ponds. and thousands of trees and shrubs have been added to walkways and paths, and there are three distinct new landscapes: a moss hillside garden, bonsai terrace and chabana (tea flower) garden. Also a new, hilltop Culture Crossing Village near the shuttle stop to the main garden and much, much more.
The Fulton House Bed & Breakfast have been inspired by the Japanese Garden as well. Not only have I personally visited the garden a pleura of times; hundreds of our guests at the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast visit the Japanese Garden each year. Having decided that our front entrance garden was under-utilized, I created an unmistakable balance of serenity and beauty by adding a rustic stone walkway and moss garden to our already gated entrance lined two Japanese Maple trees and a Persimmon tree.
Although still a work in progress, it is like creating a living work of art. I’m really draw to this interplay of nature and design. Using the book, “A Practical Guide: Create Your Own Japanese Garden” by Motomi Oguschi, it has been my guiding force as well as multiple visits to the Portland Japanese Garden.
My Work in Progress:
Next step, refresh the Koi Pond and add new fish. Unfortunately, the raccoons in the neighborhood enjoyed our tasty Koi and we are down to none. I look forward to my continued adventures of expanding our Japanese Garden theme; “no matter how small, gardens bring their owners into intimate contact with nature, even in the midst of urban sprawl.”