Monday, March 23, 2009

Portland Chinese Garden

Last weekend was the plant sale at the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. Got the intensely fragrant Lonicera fragrantissima, the rose mutabilis, and another Stewartia pseudocamellia

The daphne and its cousin edgeworthia are in full intoxicating bloom right now. You walk over a small bridge or turn a corner into a wall of fragrance. The smell is a physical presence in the cold air.

Too many determined gardeners for good photos, here are some shots from an earlier visit.


Anonymous said...

I've been through Portland many times and have never made it to the Chinese Garden. I hear a lot of good things about it. I did go to the Japanese Garden and that was very nice. Thanks.

Patrick Gracewood said...

Sir Richard,
The Chinese Garden is in a funny place in Old Town, not a place that is a natural draw like the Japanese Garden up in the west Hills. That's what makes the contrast all the more special. It really is an urban oasis.

Unlike the groomed artificial nature of the Japanese Garden, the Chinese Garden is tons of hardscape, buildings, covered walk ways. Which actually makes it far more inviting to visit on a wet day, or when I only have a short time to visit. It's small but the way it's laid out gives so many multiple perspectives that it feels much larger mentally. Their slogan "Never the same garden twice" is really true.