Japanese Gardens Portland – Lilith’s Grasp, Japanese Maple
Lloyd and I love Living in Portland. It has so many fabulous amenities all within a short distance from our home; we feel blessed to have chosen such a place to call home. Because of this, we love to have guests visit from out of town so we can show off why Portland is so special. This summer has been no exception, we had the pleasure of hosting one of our favorite Aussie cousins, Cathy, who was visiting us on her way to Vegas on business. We had a marvelous time as always. Great laughs, food, and of course Oregon Pinot Noir. In the three days she was here, there was wine tasting at local wineries (I sat this one out), and a trip to the Japanese Gardens and Rose Gardens. When Cathy arrived she did so with a newly broken toe which didn’t stop her from wanting to see the city a foot cast and all, she hobbled around. We were such a motley crue, one hobbling around in a cast, Lloyd packing around the camera gear while and pushing Deloris with me holding more camera gear. You would think we liked to take pictures or something. It is merely our thing.
Our two favorites gardens is where we headed, both of which are located in Downtown Portland: the Rose Gardens and the Japanese Gardens. Both are nestled within the 5,500 acres of natural preserve land in Portland, thus making it the largest urban park of its kind in the world. Yep another great reason to visit. We are pretty proud to call Portland home. Wow try to say that one fast. We are are lucky to also have the highest rated Japanese Gardens outside of Japan as well and one of the best Rose Gardens in the country, making Portland truly the city of Roses. There are many places to visit within one hour of Portland in every direction making it a great destination for those who are looking for a great long weekend getaway. Click here for a guide of things to see and do. First stop, The Portland Rose Gardens. Enjoy!
Garden Steps and Roses
These lush gardens are planted along a tiered hillside in roughly three levels, with stairs situated in the middle and at either ends and places in between and a long relatively steep paved ramp at one end for those who prefer to avoid the stairs.
Situated at the base of the gardens.The roses basically are planted in rows, each individually named and planted in some semblance of order, by color.
Row of Roses and Garden Clouds
The thick rows of roses as far as the eye can see. Truly amazing gardens you won’t be disappointed, even if you think it might not be your thing, you will love it. Trust me. The gardens are stunning. Each of the rows zig-zag gradually down the hillside with a mixture of concrete paths, this being on the main level, and a mixture of small stone and grassy paths which parallel the rows of roses. Portland also hosts a Rose Festival in June with a parade full of roses. It is quite spectacular and draws people from all over the world.
A Rose is Just a Rose as Pink is Merely Pink
Because our city is so wonderful, we jump at the chance to share as many of fun places with our friends and family when they pop in for a visit. While we spend a fair share of our times at these places anyway, it is always great to spread the fun around. Plus they see first hand why we chose to live here. Summer is definitely the best time to visit as the city is a rainbow of color as the flowers are in full bloom in an array of vibrant colors varieties and fragrant bouquets ready to be found in the gardens, and at the many the local markets around the area. Also very cool to visit.
If you have been following our posts you will likely noticed a few of these beauties have been shown as photos/flowers of the day, they are so lovely they deserved a second glance and especially for those who have never seen the beauty of the Rose Gardens. Okay, I also had to include Mr. Squirrel. He was merely to cute not to post again.
Orange on Black
Sexy Hot Pink
Please note each of the roses in the garden have their own official names given by the rose society. The names used here are my names; the same holds true of the photos from the Japanese gardens at least for some of the water features.
Yellow Bud on Black
Tipped in Pink
One of my favorites. Such a unique color. One doesn’t expect to see.
Another one of my favorites reminds me of Christmas in June.
Basically, I chose my favorite roses. I literally have hundreds of photos of roses in every color under the sun. I will spare you. I will be posting more on our web site, and Red Bubble site hopefully within the week. If you are interested in seeing more. They are each beautiful in their own way. I found when we were there my endorphins go into overload mode, they were bouncing all over from bush to bush. It was crazy nuts! everywhere I looked was a new and different colored rose. I know I was driving Lloyd crazy directing me to go in five directions at once. Or so he believed. Ha!
Next stop the Japanese Gardens. If you visit this lovely garden, there is a fee or membership options available. The membership option makes it affordable and sensible for locals, as we can bring out of town guests for free. We have a membership. This is also why you will see a “with permission” tag on all of the photos we take from these gardens after our copyrights information. While photos are allowed, professional photographers must receive permission to post their photos for viewing and selling. Primarily if the photos are going to be sold. In case you were wondering.
Mt. Hood from the Japanese Gardens
We saw the gardens at the perfect time in terms of weather, not too hot, not too cold, and not yet raining. When we stepped into the car when the day was done, it rained. A break for Cathy, ha pun intended, as we made our way through these beautiful gardens. I still think Lloyd had it worse pushing me up the hills. ADA compliant my ass, or his. Ha!
Magical Tree of Life, Wisdom, and Knowledge
One of my favorite photos. Those who follow have seen it before. No you are seeing things. It is true. The following images however are what makes the gardens so special especially in mid-June – the water iris’ which only bloom for a short time in June, then they are done, leaving a carpet of green rig-zagging along a wooden boardwalk which takes one through the wetlands and over the stream. We were lucky enough to capture many in bloom. Beautiful. The week before only a couple were in bloom. This iris species is different from the garden varieties as they completely open up exposing brilliant silky petals in shades of brilliant purple to blue, to white and dotted with brilliant yellow. Amazing.
Garden of Purple Passion
White Water Iris
Stepping Stones of Life
Hidden by the Carex spp. (grass species) which is blooming nearly covering the hidden waterfall and stepping stones inside the stream which trickles along amongst the lush vegetation.
Tree of Knowledge
This tree is one of many similar maples and this particular one is amazing; even during summer the wondrous colors of this tree – stunning.
Into the Fire
So that concludes our trip to the Portland Rose Gardens and the Portland Japanese Gardens. I hope you enjoyed the shots. It was a lot of fun taking the pictures. I look forward to going back soon to see what has evolved since our last visit. Soon.