Our girls had never been and we had a Living Social deal to use up before it expired and as it turned out, so did my parents!
The garden is located in the Chinatown area of NW Portland, it takes up a full city block. It is designed in the tradition of private walled gardens and is comprised of a series of courtyards, small buildings and pavilions surrounding a central "lake" with koi, ducks and water plants.
The garden incorporates five elements: rocks, water, plants, architecture and literary inscriptions. We loved the different patterns that were created in the paving with small stones in each of the different spaces.
|One of many beautiful stone and wood windows.|
The garden does not take a lot of time to meander through, we were there less than two hours. I probably could have stayed sitting by the lake by myself for longer, but the family was ready to move on with our day.
We happened to be there during the peony festival. There was a large selection of exotic varieties on display and for sale, some that were so large and the petals so open, they reminded me of hibiscus that I grew when living in the Bay Area. Some varieties were hundreds of dollars!
With admission, they give you a beautiful multi-page program that explains each of the spaces and their significance. Our teenagers seemed to appreciate the cultural experience, despite themselves so I would recommend the Lan Su Chinese Garden, a nice afternoon activity for the family.
|Hubs and the teenagers|