|Purification bowl on the way to the entrance LL|
To get to the garden, I choose to walk the long trail uphill rather than take the shuttle. If one has difficulty walking, the shuttle would be the best option. It was a steep climb to the entrance, but the woods that morning were cool and misty, allowing for a stillness prior to entering the garden.
|Entry to the entry area, Portland Japanese Garden LL|
The pathway leading to the garden had an entry, and as you entered the garden, there was another more formal entry. The first garden visited was the stroll garden. The supports for the wisteria arbor had rotted and were replaced by concrete pillars that looked like logs. As I walked through the arbor, there was a 5-tiered pagoda, very similar to the one in the Seattle garden that has 11 tiers.
|Wisteria arbor, Portland Japanese Garden, LL|
|5-tier Pagoda, PJG - LL|
Stones in front of the pagoda are arranged in the shape of the northern island, Hokkaido and although it doesn't show in my photo, there is a rose colored stone near the pagoda that represents the city of Sapporo, the sister city to Portland.
After passing the tea garden, I crossed the zig zag bridge and was fortunate that no evil spirits were able to follow me.
|AZig Zag bridge through iris beds, PJG - LL|
|Heavenly Falls, PJG - LL|
Imagine how beautiful that area is when the iris are in bloom!
Rick, the guide, said they are deep blue. The lower pond is reached after following the path that leads away from the bridge. The Heavenly Falls flows into the pond, and koi can be seen swimming lazily. Rick told a legend of the koi struggling to swim upstream to spawn, and if they make it, they turn into a dragon. Parents use this story to convince their children they must work hard and struggle to succeed, and they will be greatly rewarded for their efforts.
|Sand and Stone Garden, PJG - LL|
The sand and stone garden is enclosed in concrete walls, and there are benches on one side to allow people to sit and meditate. Gardeners have to rake the sand about every week, and it is a difficult process that takes several hours. They use large, heavy rakes, and can design the patterns as they wish.
|Flat Garden, PJG - LL|
The Flat Garden has 2 large plantings symbolizing a sake cup and a gourd filled with sake. This is symbolic of pleasure, wishing happiness for all visitors.
There is a beautiful pavilion that has an expansive view out over the city of Portland and Mt. Hood. Unfortunately, the day I was there, Mt. Hood was in hiding. I must go back and see it another time.
As I review all the photos I took last week, I'm struck by how monochromatic they are. There were a few colorful rhodies, but very different from the Seattle Japanese garden in April and May. Perhaps that is more typical of Japanese gardens, but I love visiting the Seattle garden during the spring to watch the unfolding of all the Pacific Northwest rhododendrons and azaleas.
|Unidentified tree, PJG - LL|