Monday, August 17, 2015

Lan Su Chinese Garden

As part of my family vacation to Portland, Oregon, I was also fortunate enough to visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden ("Garden of Awakening Orchids"). 

Lan Su Garden Map

This garden is the result of Portland being connected with the city of Suzhou, its Chinese sister city and built between 1999-2000. The garden was built along the style of the many Ming Dynasty gardens that populate Suzhou. Chinese craftsman who came from China to the United States were employed in the construction of the garden (very similar to the process employed by the Chinese Scholars Garden on Staten Island).

In addition to a wide variety of plantings, the garden also features a large two-story tea house. Having the opportunity to have tea and a light snack was a highlight of the visit. The views from the second floor were also spectacular.

Below are some of my favorite photos from the visit:

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