Lan Su Chinese Garden is the result of a collaboration between the cities of Portland and Suzhou, Portland's sister city in China's Jiangsu province famous for beautiful Ming Dynasty gardens. The garden's name, Lan Su Chinese Garden, references its Chinese name, Lan Su Yuan (which is inscribed in calligraphy over the entrance). Lan is a Chinese word for "orchid," which also stands for Portland. Su means "arise" or "awaken," and also stands for Suzhou. Yuan is the Chinese word for garden.  Together, the name Lan Su Yuan can mean both "Portland-Suzhou Garden" and the poetic "Garden of Awakening Orchids." The garden adopted its new operating name in 2010; it had formerly been known as the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. 

The Lan Su Chinese Garden location was leased to the City of Portland for 1 dollar for 99 years by NW Natural. The garden itself is owned by the City, and managed by a nonprofit through a license with the city.  The site was originally a parking lot. In 1999, the groundbreaking ceremony was held and the dream of making a Suzhou-style garden began. In September 2000, it was completed and opened to the public.

All of the plants in the Gardens are indigenous to China but were grown in the United States.

There are 5 Elements in a Chinese Garden: Stone, Water, Plants, Architecture and Literature. These 5 Elements are used in Lan Su Chinese Garden in order to balance nature with humanity.

The Gardens take up one city block in Portland's Chinatown.

One could spend  hours  strolling through the  garden and enjoying a variety of tea and snack options in the authentic tea house.   

There is a small gift shop adjacent to the ticket counter for souvenirs, books and trinkets. 

 Admission tickets are $9.50- for Adults, $8.50 for adults 62 years of age and older, and tickets for college students or children between the ages of 6-17 are $7. Children under the age of 5 are admitted free.  The  Garden is open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. October 15 - April 14 and 10 a.m.--6 p.m. from April 15 - October 14 and is closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. 

Check with their website for activities, lectures, events, and concerts that are presented throughout the year. 

 

 

The Portland Classical Chinese Gardens

The Chinese Gardens