Natural Garden

Garden Updates

Natural Garden Machiai to be Restored

The following is a letter from Hugo Torii, Garden Curator of Portland Japanese Garden, in which he shares an update on the upcoming restoration of a machiai (sheltered waiting area) in the Natural Garden, something that will happen because of the amazing support Portland Japanese Garden has received from its community both near and far.

Garden Updates

Nature in the Natural Garden: Winter Storm Fells Massive Tree

Of Portland Japanese Garden’s five historic garden spaces, the Natural Garden is the most contemporary in its design and, living up to its name, the garden that most resembles a natural area. Situated on a sloped terrain and featuring narrow walkways that bridge over water and weave through a tapestry of deciduous plants, the Natural

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From Moss to the Machiai – The Natural Garden, a Silent Wonderment

“Human beings are naturally drawn in like a forest.” “In many ways, it feels like being in the Columbia River Gorge.” Statements from our members and garden staff always seem to have a common theme when we ask them what makes the Natural Garden such a special place. “The Natural Garden is the closest experience

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A Walk Through the Natural Garden

Join us for a springtime walk through the Natural Garden, which was created to encourage visitors to rest and reflect on the essence and brevity of life. It is the most contemporary of the original five gardens, done in a style referred to as zoki no niwa, and includes many plants not traditionally associated with Japanese gardens.