The brochure recommends visiting gardens in Lakewood, Washington (Lakewold Gardens); in Puget Sound, Washington (Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, Dunn Gardens, Bellevue Botanical Garden, Volunteer Park Conservancy, The Bloedel Reserve, Elandan Gardens, W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservancy, Powells Wood, The Chase Garden, and Fairie Gardens); and in Portland, Oregon (Portland Classical Chinese Garden and Leach Botanical Garden).
In 2006, during a self-guided walking tour of Portland's Pearl District, I walked around the exterior of the Classical Chinese Garden (Lan Su Chinese Garden) but did not enter the garden. There were crowds. I was able to photograph some of the interior spaces through the entryway and "windows" in the exterior walls. At some point, I deleted these photographs from my computer; searches of my hard drive and online folders yielded no results. I should have toured the garden that day in 2007. Here is an excerpt from the garden's description in the afore-mentioned brochure:
Experience what might have greeted visitors during the Ming Dynasty in China (1364 - 1688 CE). The Portland Classical Chinese Garden was created to inspire, engage and educate all who visit. Designers and artisans from Suzhou, China worked with Americans to fuse ancient construction methods with modern construction codes....In winter, retreat into the soothing sound of rain dripping on a banana leaf, the fragrance of wintersweet or the feel of a footstep on hand-laid mosaic stone pathways. "Truly in the midst of a city, there can be mountain and forest." An experience that is never twice the same.Wow! Here is a public domain photograph of the Garden's entrance.
|Entrance to the Portland Classical Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon (source)|
Update January 28, 2011: I found three photographs of the Portland Classical Chinese Garden taken in July 2007.