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2022 Iris Bloom Watch

Taken in 2017, a glimpse of the bloom that will take place soon in 2022. Photo by Tyler Quinn.

Similar to how Portland Japanese Garden kept you up-to-date on the state of our cherry blossoms at the beginning of spring, we will now keep you regularly informed on the state of our iris blooms in our Strolling Pond Garden. If you become a Garden member, you can see the irises during our special member hours and rediscover the beauty of the Garden with each visit.

Friday, June 24

Irises

As with the camellias of winter and cherry blossoms of spring, the iris blooms of summer are one of Portland Japanese Garden’s most anticipated times of year. Irises have a presence in the Strolling Pond Garden since 1967 when Kinya Hara, Garden Director from 1964 to 1969, planted them there. The irises of Portland Japanese Garden tend to bloom in late June, just as it officially becomes summer. They have historically been used as a bellwether for seasonal change in their native Japan as well. It is believed that in pre-modern Japan, farmers would plant wild irises aside their rice fields because their blooming occurred as the rainy season began. Farmers would then transplant rice plants from seed beds into fields.

Other Garden Flowers Currently in Bloom

While we await the bloom of our irises, there are still many beautiful flowers blooming in Portland Japanese Garden. And, of course, visitors interested in learning more about the Garden’s flora are encouraged to visit our exhibition, Gifts From Japan: A Horticultural Tale Told through Botanical Art, open now through July 4.

Japanese Gardens Highlight Green Rather Than Flowers

A junco rests on a mossy rock in the Strolling Pond Garden.

Summertime in Portland Japanese Garden provides the opportunity to be embraced by lush verdant hues. All the many shades and textures of green shining in sunlight and bending in breeze remind one that the Garden is not an arrangement of static objects but rather an expertly maintained, living expression of nature.

Of course, the moss, leaves, ferns, and grass are complimented with pops of brightly colored flowers. Unlike Western gardens where flowers can dominate the field of vision, Japanese gardens very intentionally choose where blooms will be located and how they will intermingle with an otherwise green tableau.


Thursday, June 23

Irises
Other Garden Flowers Currently in Bloom

Wednesday, June 22

Irises
Other Garden Flowers Currently in Bloom

Tuesday, June 21

Irises
Other Garden Flowers Currently in Bloom