to nurture and inspire all who visit, this Garden is little
changed from what might have greeted you during the Ming dynasty
in China. Portland's is an authentic Suzhou-style garden. It grew
out of a friendship between Portland and Suzhou, a city renowned
for its exquisite gardens.
This walled Garden encloses a full city block. Serpentine
walkways, a bridged lake, and open colonnades set off meticulously
arranged landscape of plants, water, stone, poetry, and buildings.
Architects and artisans from China who designed and constructed
the Garden mean for each aspect of the Garden to convey artistic
effect and symbolic importance.
The design embodies the duality of nature, yin and yang. When
these are balanced, harmony results. The delicate balance in the
Garden affects all your senses. Hear the sound of water dripping
from the crescent-shaped tiles onto a banana leaf; enjoy the
fragrance of jasmine or wintersweet; feel the sensation of each
footstep on the mosaic stone paths.
The Garden unfolds a changing look by season. Each one as
lovely as the last. It is home to hundreds of rare and unusual
plants, nearly 100 specimen trees, water plants, bamboo and
orchids. Taihu rocks symbolize high mountain peaks and frame a
waterfall. Nine pavilions offer places to rest and contemplate.
Couplets of poetry speak to the interplay with nature.
The yin and yang of the Garden take you to another place and
The Garden is located between NW 2nd and 3rd and NW Everett and
Flanders in Old Town/Chinatown.