All during the month of November members of Portland's Chinese garden have free, reciprocal, membership at the Japanese Garden. I love this program! I never think about visiting the Japanese Garden—it's across town and not as plant-driven as the Chinese Garden. But when you tell me that I should visit because I can get in for free, well, then somehow my brain manages to remember to make time for that...
I hadn't been to the Japanese Garden since they closed for a huge over-haul a few years ago. Now you pay admission (or in my case flash your Lan Su membership card) at the bottom of the hill. That didn't used to happen until the top. And there's new landscaping too, by the admissions building (shown above and below).
My visit took place last Thursday, November 15th. It was a sunny, 55 degree day, pretty much heaven.
Most of the leaves had already fallen, but there were still a few on the trees.
These buildings are all new (since the re-do). There's an expanded gift-shop, a restaurant, and other spaces that I didn't bother to read up on.
The garden proper is pretty much as I remember it.
Simple, immaculate, beautiful.
The same tree as the photo above, only looking back at it, rather than ahead.
This little cement marker seemed out of place. Everything is so well thought out here and it was rather random (which of course made me love it all the more).
It's a moss wonderland up here...
The shoe-box gravel garden (as I think of it).
I was done with the garden, and heading back down to the parking lot, when this view stopped me. Nice work! It's the day-light, PNW, forested version of this.
Since I had a little more time on my parking meter, and I hadn't walked the rose-garden area for a good, what, 6-years? I decided to check it out.
Not that I had any intention of looking at the roses, although there were a few in bloom.
November 15th. I think this November might be one for the record books.
Weather Diary, Nov 22: Hi 51, Low 42/ Precip .43"
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