Archive for 10/11/2014


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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.

Trees of the Pacific Northwest tower over the entrance to the Portland Japanese Garden. Trees of the Pacific Northwest tower over the entrance to the Portland Japanese Garden.

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.

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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…

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