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Japanese Garden – Portland, Oregon

April 3, 2006

By far my favorite part of our visit to Portland was the Japanese Gardens. We were lucky it didn’t rain. Anthony and I were able to enjoy a very peaceful afternoon taking pictures and enjoying the new blooms of spring. It still amazes me that it is winter and everything is still so green. Actually it’s more green than it was when I moved here in August. Here are a few of Anthony’s pictures.

If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it. Portland is well known for it’s beautiful parks, and next time I go, I’ll be sure to take advantage them again.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Gray permalink
    April 4, 2006 5:00 am

    That’s a beautiful spot. You both look like you had a great day.

  2. April 4, 2006 9:43 am

    Ahhh, I too love the Japanese Garden. It is one of my favorite spots in Portland. My family spent the better part of a day there last year. Did they fix the leaky pond yet? The large pond that extends under many of the buildings was losing a lot of water and they were having some legal discussions about who was responsible.

    Definitely a must-see any time of year. Even if it’s raining. :)

  3. Jodie permalink
    April 4, 2006 7:35 pm

    I didn’t see a leaky pond, so they must have fixed it. Everything seemed in functional order. What time of year did you go? I’m curious to go at different times of the year so I can check out how the plants look at different times. I think Autumn would be particularly gorgeous.

  4. Mom permalink
    April 4, 2006 7:40 pm

    Hey Jodie,
    Loved seeing the pictures in Portland, you guys look great, what a beautiful spot. Love, Mom

  5. April 4, 2006 11:21 pm

    Actually, we were there in the very early spring – a bit too early to see a lot of the blossoms, actually, and it rained the entire time, but we still had a great experience. We did a car-free mini-vacation by taking Amtrak up to Portland, staying at a downtown hotel with easy access to the trolley/MAX, and from there you can get just about anywhere.

    The large pond that was leaking actually didn’t show any signs of it; we only learned of it when one of the people who works at the garden mentioned it, and then there was a news story about how they were trying to figure out if it was a contractor problem or the city of Portland’s problem or whatever. I’m sure they’ve fixed it by now.

    Love the Kool-Aid dyeing for the yarn. Very cool, even if it isn’t burgundy. Maybe you could use a little red wine for that. ;)

  6. Jodie permalink
    April 10, 2006 10:12 am

    I actually have some red wine that is no longer sutable for drinking. May have to put it to a different use. Portland was very easy to get around. We had a car so for further things we ended up driving, but we spent an evening at Pioneer Square and took the train for that.

    Portland has a great parks and they are very beautiful. Next time I want to see the rose gardens. They weren’t in bloom yet so they just looked like thorny sticks out of the ground.

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