Well here goes, I'm sure someone will help me refine this information but we did visit the lovely Japanese Gardens this past Tuesday, May 22nd. How could I have possibly lived in Oregon for over 30 years and not have visited these wonderful scenic gardens. What a mix of lovely large Douglas Firs, cedars and ornamental trees, trails, beautiful sculpted buildings, the shrubbery, the wisteria were in bloom while we were there, so much.
The main parking area is at the bottom of a hill with a failry steep trail up to the gardens, THIS entrance is not handicapped accessiable. There is an access road for the handicapped to the top with limited parking available very near the garden entrance. In speaking to the admissions people about 60% of the gardens are accessible to the handicapped. IMO this 60% figure is at most. Frankly even in the accesiable areas there are slight to I feel moderate grade changes. If a wheelchair is involved the person pushing would want to have the physical strength to feel confident they will be able to safely guide their loved one through the gardens. IMO an easier access and tour for someone in a chair would be the Rose Gardens right next to and below the Japanese Gardens. The paths threre are mostly level except for the initial grade to access or leave the garden area. We did visit the Rose Gardens and the roses seemed ready to burst out in full flower.