We live in a bustling country full of noises and the belief that faster is better. Sometimes, we need to unwind and enjoy nature. Portland, Oregon is one of the prettiest cities I’ve visited so far. I have been to a lot of parks and gardens, but the Japanese Garden is extremely peaceful. I could spend an entire day walking around or reading and go home at peace.
The Japanese Garden is actually made up of five small gardens that each have their own elements but flow together nicely. Every garden is meticulously landscaped and maintained. And the green….it was green everywhere! Beautiful.
The Stone and Rock Garden (photo by Stephanie Moss, click on photo for link) was the first life sized karesansui (or Zen Garden) I’ve seen. It was stunning. Now, if I could figure out how to create one in my own backyard…
There were slabs of stone around with writing, but I can’t remember what they said. I know some of them were lines of poetry.
The Flat Garden was similar to the Stone and Rock Garden but had more vegetation as opposed to rock. It was equally tranquil.
The Strolling Pond Garden was probably one of my favorite. Not all of the plants had bloomed yet, so I can only imagine what a vast array of colors this garden would have during the Spring.
There were small benches throughout the gardens where you could sit and meditate, or just take some weight off of your feet.
From the Strolling Pond Garden you follow a trail into the Tea Garden. They have a Tea House but we weren’t able to see any of the presentations. Next time we’re in the area, I plan on attending.
The most recent addition was the Natural Garden. It was built in a steeper area which meant more of the beautiful stone staircases. This particular garden was the most contemporary of the others as well.
(Source – Photo by Michael Hersen)
Each garden is beautiful in its own right, but together the Japanese Garden is inspiring. Have you visited the gardens? If so, which was your favorite?