Virtually Visit the Botanical Gardens of Portland
Green spaces tell a city's story, and Portland has a long, rich tale to tell. Filled with cultural wonders, rare trees, and a wonderland of roses, Portland's gardens beg to be explored. Best of all, guests are welcome to visit not only in person but online.
Leach Botanical Garden
This garden has a little something for everyone, including medicinal herb beds, collections of native plants, formal gardens, and a creek. Fir trees and ferns keep the space green year-round.
- Johnson Creek actually cuts the garden in two.
- Originally a private residence, the Leach Botanical Garden has a secret love story to share.
- The Leach Botanical Garden takes up 16 acres.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
This cultural gem provides a bridge between peoples. The lake, tea house, and authentic Chinese buildings offer a glimpse into not only a different place but also a different pace. With frequent events and masterful landscaping that changes with the seasons, it has something to offer any guest in any weather.
- Lan Su Chinese Garden is modeled after historical buildings and spaces from the Ming Dynasty.
- Artisans from Portland's Chinese sister city, Suzhou, created the garden and buildings.
- Visitors can enjoy drinks and snacks from the tea house in addition to shopping for their own tea supplies in the garden's shop.
Portland Japanese Garden
A haven of cultural and natural beauty, the Portland Japanese Garden invites guests to see the world from a different point of view. Tranquil and serene, the garden features a tea house as well as solitary paths, quiet ponds, and burbling streams.
- The garden won praise from the Japanese ambassador to the U.S. as the most authentic Japanese garden outside his country.
- Guests are encouraged to focus on inner peace while visiting the garden, a gift they take with them to share with the wider world.
- In 1963, the garden was founded to promote healing between former World War II adversaries.
- The garden includes a cultural village, which provides music, dance, and other demonstrations and experiences throughout the year.
International Rose Test Garden
It's impossible to stop and smell all of the roses in this test garden. With more than 10,000 roses, this unique landscape grew out of a desire to preserve hybrid plants from Europe. After more than 100 years in operation, it has acquired an astonishing collection.
- Portland has an ideal climate for roses and has been dubbed "The City of Roses."
- In addition to the roses, visitors can enjoy wonderful views of Mt. Hood, downtown Portland, and the Willamette River.
- World War I instigated the garden's creation, and it's been going strong since 1917.
Self-labeled as a living museum, the Hoyt Arboretum is home to many rare and critically endangered trees and plants. It also showcases the natural splendor of Portland's native forest species, preserving gorgeous old trees for guests from all over the world to enjoy.
- The Hoyt Arboretum is open 365 days a year.
- The arboretum covers more than 190 acres.
- It's a popular spot for runners and hiking enthusiasts thanks to the 12 miles of trails winding through the trees.
- History of Leach Botanical Garden: The official website of the Leach Botanical Garden shares its history through stories and images of its founders and early days.
- Leach Botanical Garden: Get all the basics you need to know, including a map of the area and up-to-date admission information.
- Discover Lan Su: Enjoy free audio guides and digital scavenger hunts with the garden's app!
- Lan Su Chinese Garden: Read a quick overview of this lush attraction and check out a video tour.
- Architecture of Lan Su: Discover the architectural bones of this stunning garden with a beautiful gallery of Lan Su Chinese Garden's architectural highlights.
- Portland Japanese Garden Virtual Visits: Choose how to peruse Portland's Japanese Garden with videos, 360-degree views, and special exhibit access.
- Spring at the Portland Japanese Garden: It's always springtime online! This video captures the garden in bloom.
- Portland Japanese Garden Horticulture: Soak in beautiful images from the green spaces of the garden while reading up on their significance and history.
- International Rose Test Garden: Check out an overview of this unique garden with a slide show of the best blooms and scenes from multiple seasons.
- Visit the International Rose Test Garden Like a Local: Whether you want to stay home and enjoy the pretty pictures from your couch or hop on a bus to smell the roses in person, this page has you covered.
- Portland's International Rose Test Garden: Learn what makes this garden so special with close-up shots of flowers, overviews, and romantic photos and a side of facts.
- Hoyt Arboretum Interactive Map: The Hoyt Arboretum knows where every plant lives, and you can visit them online.
- Hoyt Arboretum Loop Hike: Imagine yourself on the trail with this illustrated guide.
- Hoyt Arboretum Photos: See what a garden of trees really looks like.