Spring is here! With it comes joy, lightness, and sense of renewal unlike any other time of year. In the Garden, buds are coaxed open by the sun, bare branches transform with new growth, and bright pops of color catch your eye from afar.
While the subtlety of different shades and textures of green are thought to promote the tranquility and harmony sought by a Japanese garden designer, flowers are treasured by the Japanese and the seasonal blooming of trees and shrubs is highly celebrated. Spring, in particular, brings bright pops of color and contrast that can only be enjoyed during this moment in the year.
The cherry blossoms or sakura (the national flower of Japan) and camellias tend to bloom in Portland Japanese Garden early, but soon, start looking for pieris (also known as andromeda) in bloom near the Upper Pond in the Strolling Pond Garden and in the Natural Garden. Soon, we will start to see dogwoods, azaleas, and rhododendrons in bloom.
STATUS UPDATE (April 6, 2020): All of our cherry trees are currently in bloom, bringing an uplifting pop of color against the shades of green. Our weeping cherry has delicate pink blooms, while Cherry Hill with Yoshino Cherry trees have flowering white and soft pink blooms. The towering cherry tree near the Nezu Gate creates springtime scenes from several unique perspectives.
Resources for Enjoying Spring at the Garden
Learn about the seasonal changes of spring with Chief Curator, Sadafumi Uchiyama.
Stroll through the Garden with Sadafumi Uchiyama, Chief Curator, and Aki Nakanishi, Arlene Schnitzer Curator of Culture, Art, and Education.