“Most cherished in this mundane world is a place without traffic;
truly in the midst of the city there can be mountain and forest.”
--Wen Zhengming (1470-1559)

Garden History

The Portland Classical Chinese Garden began as a dream in the early 1980’s. It grew when Portland and Suzhou, China, became sister cities in 1988 and the idea of a building a Suzhou-style garden in Portland became a goal. 

Learn more about the history of the Garden

The Five Elements

Rather than imitate nature, architects and horticulturalists of Chinese gardens strive to recreate an ideal landscape in miniature. The natural elements—rock mountains, lakes, and trees, along with their qi, or energy are brought together in harmony with architecture and poetry. 

Learn about the five elements of Chinese gardens.

Living Collections

The living collections at the Garden present hundreds of native Chinese plant species and forms. The Garden is home to more than ninety specimen trees, many rare and unusual shrubs and perennials, and signature collections that include Magnolia, Cymbidium, Camellia, Osmanthus, Rhododendron and bamboo. 

Learn more about our Living Collections

Portland Classical Chinese Garden

NW 3rd & Everett Portland, OR 97209 503.228.8131 http://www.portlandchinesegardens.org/

Summer Hours

The Garden will move to summer hours of 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. as of April 1.

What's Blooming?

Download a copy of the Garden’s publication What’s Blooming? (PDF, 52 KB) for your next visit!