From the employee-owners of Gardener's Supply

Portland Japanese Garden

Just like an art museum, each time you visit a public garden there’s always something new to appreciate and inspire.
Portland Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden in Portland, OR.

Once springtime arrives and I’m finally out in the garden, it’s almost impossible to pry me away from home. I hate the thought of missing a single minute. When the weekend comes I’m up at 6 am Saturday and am still out there as darkness falls on Sunday night.

I don’t mind missing out on days at the beach, hikes in the woods, paddles on the river and picnics by the lake, but being such a homebody, what I do miss is visiting public gardens in the peak of their glory. There are loads of wonderful public gardens within a day’s drive of my own garden, and the same is probably true wherever you live.

Here in the Northeast, I am sorry to say that there are many, many public gardens that I have yet to visit: Innisfree, Stonecrop, the Cloisters, Garden in the Woods, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Wave Hill, Appledore Island, Naumkeag and Tower Hill, to name a few.

Just like an art museum, each time you visit a public garden there’s always something new to appreciate and inspire. In times like these, we can all use some inspiration — and these public gardens really need our support.

Once the leaves start to fall, I’m willing to consider leaving the yard. Last September I even left the state, and while I was out, I visited the Portland Japanese Garden. In case you, like me, are still trapped indoors, here is a little slide show of the garden. One of the best things about a Japanese garden is that you don’t need to visit in the height of summer. It’s beautiful every single day of the year.

Portland Japanese Garden

To see the caption, click on the photo.

Kathy LaLiberte, Director of Gardening, Gardener’s Supply


  1. July 20, 2009    

    My favorite season in a Japanese garden is autumn. For color and temperature, and the moss is greening too.

    M. D. Vaden

    Beaverton / Portland

  2. October 21, 2010    

    Yes, the reds and yellows of the leaves are awesome .

  3. aww I want to see the photos, but the slideshow ain’t working for me. I don’t know what’s the problem. Anyway thanks for sharing. =)

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