A visit to the Portland Japanese Garden with Grandma & Grandpa

For President’s Day, the Portland Japanese Garden offered free admission. Catherine’s parents were in town, so we decided to head on over (Catherine has been before, Patrick too – in utero, actually – but this was my first visit). The weather was nice; cloudy, but not cold at all. The garden was busy, but not Oregon-Zoo-on-a-sunny-day-in-winter-busy. Enjoy the photos:

Portland Japanese Garden

The garden is just one of many attractions in Washington Park

Portland Japanese Garden

Entering with Grandma

Portland Japanese Garden

Statues everywhere

Portland Japanese Garden

Flat Garden

Portland Japanese Garden

Flat Garden

Portland Japanese Garden

Overlooking the Sand and Stone Garden

Portland Japanese Garden

Looking down at the Sand and Stone Garden

Portland Japanese Garden

Haiku

Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden

Pagoda statue

Portland Japanese Garden

The landscaping flows with all the water present

Portland Japanese Garden

Upper Pond, Strolling Pond Garden

Portland Japanese Garden

Upper Pond, Strolling Pond Garden

Portland Japanese Garden

Finding an item on the treasure hunt for kids

Portland Japanese Garden

Moon Bridge over Upper Pond, Strolling Pond Garden

Portland Japanese Garden

Dew on branches

Portland Japanese Garden

Dew on branches (close-up)

Portland Japanese Garden

Moss-covered statue

Portland Japanese Garden

Koi pond was closed for construction, but we can still learn about them!

Portland Japanese Garden

Patrick’s new hat that Grandma made him blends in nicely in the mossy Pacific Northwest

Portland Japanese Garden

Stream

Portland Japanese Garden

Waterfall

Portland Japanese Garden

Sand and Stone Garden

Portland Japanese Garden

View towards downtown (Mt. Hood would be visible in the distance on a clear day: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35614822@N08/4599492821/)

Portland Japanese Garden

Love that lower branch!

Portland Japanese Garden

This maple tree is called the Dancing Peacock

Portland Japanese Garden

Patrick with a light tower

Portland Japanese Garden

Fun afternoon with Grandma & Grandpa!

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