Last week I travelled to Portland, Oregon to meet 80 garden bloggers for a whirlwind of garden tours over three days. What an adventure! We arrived in Portland and stayed at the fabulous Marriott hotel. I was happy that the fling was so close for us and we could just drive down to Portland from our home in Delta. We visited sixteen gardens over the three days and each one had its own style. This week I will showcase a few of my favourites. Today let’s walk through the Japanese garden in Portland. It must be known that the garden is not that accessible. For those of you who know me, I am pretty adamant about accessibility. After not walking for almost two years, this garden tour was going to be a challenge for anyone who couldn’t do stairs. I managed just fine and am happy to say that I made it through all the gardens except the ones with very steep slopes. After all, I am not crazy enough to jeopardize falling again. Not a chance. Anyway, on to the garden.
What a treat this Japanese garden was. The cooling effect from the tall trees and the shade cast provided a welcome relief to the ninety degree heat of the day. It was here that I saw trees as tall as the ones back home.
Ponds and waterfall were everywhere. So was seating if you wanted to sit and relax. How tranquil each vista was. I could have sat on a bench all morning just taking in the beauty of the garden and its rippling water features. An hour is not long enough to take in its beauty.
I am not sure what this is supposed to represent. Its been a long time since I worked in a Japanese garden. I know rocks are used to represent the bones of the garden. I loved the different textures and stones used in this area of the garden.
Seeing the Iris in bloom was a highlight in the garden. Aren’t they exquisite? I love the yellow markings on this one.
This purple Iris is stunning and I would love to add this one to my collection some day.
I saw a lot of familiar plants at the Japanese garden from Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Irises, Hostas and ferns. The most familiar plant was moss, yes moss. There was no bare ground to be seen. Any ground left open was covered in moss. I wanted to feel the softness of the moss as I passed by.
The sand and stone garden was outstanding. I spent some time chatting about the upkeep of this garden. How would one keep the leaves tidied each day? Did it need to be blown with a leaf blower? Did it need to raked everyday? It looks so simple but complex at the same time. The day I visited it, it was perfect.
I loved the bamboo fountains placed throughout the garden. How cute is that tiny fern growing out of the rock?
For me this garden was one for reflection and not only in the photos. To reflect and realize just how lucky I was to even be here, joining so many great people from all over the world and sharing our passion for gardening. For me this was the most relaxing garden to be in and that’s the intention. It’s a garden where you feel one with nature and that’s such a great feeling.