We invite you to use the Garden and the web site to explore an authentic Garden full of Chinese botanicals, culture, art, and history. From an exploration of the Five Elements of a Chinese Garden to activities and further readings designed to engage scholars of all ages, the pages of the learning section will allow you to follow in the path of the imperial scholar.

A Scholar's Garden

The Portland Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic Suzhou style scholar’s garden. Explore the Garden and discover the life of the imperial scholar official who would have called the Garden home during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Learn more about the Scholar and View the Garden.

East Meets West Outreach

East Meets West is a major effort by the Portland Classical Chinese Garden to create a cultural heritage program for school and communities across the State of Oregon. East Meets West visits are available for your schools and materials available for your classroom. 

Learn more about East Meets West.

Five Elements of a Chinese Garden

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.

Portland Classical Chinese Garden

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

East Meets West Outreach

To date, the Garden’s East Meets West Cultural Outreach program has reached more than 30,000 students in 25 Oregon and Southwest Washington Counties.

Sponsored By:

This website and the East Meets West Outreach Program are made possible in part by:

  • The Collins Foundation
  • Meyer Memorial Trust
  • Oregon Community Foundation
  • Oregon Cultural Trust
  • PGE Foundation
  • Spirit Mountain Community Fund
  • Juan Young Trust
  • The Jackson Foundation
  • Families with Children from China
and the visitors and members of the Portland Classical Chinese Garden.