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2022 Cherry Blossom Watch

Taken in 2018, a View From Beneath the Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden. Photo by Jonathan Ley.

Tuesday, April 5

Today marks the conclusion of our regular updates on the state of our sakura, or cherry blossoms. The pink and white blooms have started to fade in vibrancy and their petals have started to adorn Portland Japanese Garden in a delicate snow. Now, the Garden is ready for the full embrace of the spring. Make sure you become a member and rediscover the beauty of the Garden with each visit.

The Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café, as seen from the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation Courtyard in the Cultural Village.

A closer look at the Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

The Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden. To the left is the Pavilion.

A closer look at the blossoms of the Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

Yoshino Cherry Trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

A closer look at a Yoshino Cherry Tree across from the Heavenly Falls.


The cherry blossom is a deeply symbolic flower of Japan and many resonate with sakura, or cherry blossoms. The Yoshino Cherry is a hybrid cherry and is one of the most popular and widely planted cultivated flowering cherries worldwide. Because Japan is known as the “Land of Cherry Blossoms,” the flowers represent the Japanese people and notably the samurai.

In Portland Japanese Garden, the arrival of spring is often heralded by the awakening of our cherry blossoms. Our delicate and beautiful Yoshino and Weeping Cherry trees will soon glow with the whites and pinks we sorely missed during the gray days of winter. To help plan your visit, we’ve created this hub where you will be able to find frequent updates on the state of the blooms.

If you’re as excited for the cherry blossoms as we are, we highly recommend becoming a Garden member. Not only will you be able to make regular visits to see the progress of our cherry blossoms in person, you’ll be able to view them during exclusive hours, as well as enjoy a host of many other benefits and perks.


Monday, April 4

The Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café, as seen from the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation Courtyard in the Cultural Village.

A closer look at the Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

The Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden. To the left is the Iyo Stone, a two-ton stone from Iyo Province on Sikoku Island.

A closer look at the blossoms of the Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

Yoshino Cherry Trees framed by plants alongside the path of the Strolling Pond Garden.

A closer look at Yoshino Cherry Trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

Sunday, April 3

The Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café, as seen from the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation Courtyard in the Cultural Village.

The Yoshino Cherry trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

Another view of a Yoshino Cherry tree across from the Heavenly Falls.

The Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

A closer look at the Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

Friday, April 1

The Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café, as seen from the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation Courtyard in the Cultural Village.

A closer look at the blooms of the Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

The Yoshino Cherry trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

A closer view of a Yoshino Cherry tree across from the Heavenly Falls.

The Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

A closer look at the Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

Thursday, March 31

The Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café, as seen from the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation Courtyard in the Cultural Village. The blossoms are starting to shed their petals.

A closer look at The Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

The Yoshino Cherry trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

A closer view of a Yoshino Cherry tree across from the Heavenly Falls.

The Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

A closer look at the Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

Wednesday, March 30

The Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café, as seen from the Sheila Edwards-Lienhart Bridge in the Entry Garden.

A closer look at the blossoms of the Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

The blooms of the Yoshino Cherry trees across from the Heavenly Falls are now visible past the yew hedges and Sapporo Pagoda lantern.

A closer look at the blooms of the Yoshino Cherry trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

The Weeping Cherry tree in the Flat Garden.

A closer look at the blooms of the Weeping Cherry tree in the Flat Garden.

Tuesday, March 29

The Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café, as seen from the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation Courtyard in the Cultural Village.

A closer look at the Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

The Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden, the Pavilion is to its left.

A closer look at the blooms of the Weeping Cherry.

Yoshino Cherry trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

A closer look at a Yoshino Cherry tree across from the Heavenly Falls. The top of the Koto-Ji lantern in the Strolling Pond Garden is in the foreground.

Monday, March 28

The Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café, as seen from the Entry Garden.

The Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café, as seen from by the Nezu Gate.

The Weeping Cherry, seen from afar through the Flat Garden.

The Weeping Cherry, seen closer.

A Yoshino Cherry across from the Heavenly Falls.

Yoshino Cherry trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

Friday, March 25

The Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

A closer look at the blossoms of the Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

The Weeping Cherry tree in the Flat Garden.

A closer look at the blossoms of the Weeping Cherry tree in the Flat Garden.

Yoshino Cherry trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

Thursday, March 24

A close look at the Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

Another look at the Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

A look at the Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café from the Entry Garden.

The Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden. The Pavilion is to its left.

Another view of the Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

The Yoshino Cherry trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

A closer look at one Yoshino Cherry.

Wednesday, March 23

A look at the Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café from behind the Moon Bridge in the Strolling Pond Garden.

A closer look at the Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

Yoshino Cherry trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

The Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

A closer look at the Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

Another look at the Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

Tuesday, March 22

A closeup look of the Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

A Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

A closeup look at the Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

The Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

Yoshino Cherry trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

Monday, March 21

The Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

A closeup of the Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

Yoshino Cherry trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

The Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

A closeup of the Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

Sunday, March 20

The Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

A close up view of the Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

The Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

Yoshino Cherry trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

Friday, March 18

A wide shot of the Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

A closeup of the Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

A Yoshino Cherry tree across from the Heavenly Falls.

The Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

A closer look at the Yoshino Cherry tree next to the Umami Café.

Thursday, March 17

A close up view of the Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

A Yoshino Cherry tree across from the Heavenly Falls.

The Yoshino Cherry next to the Umami Café.

Wednesday, March 16

The Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

Yoshino Cherry trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

Tuesday, March 15

A close up look at the Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

A Yoshino Cherry tree across from the Heavenly Falls.

Monday, March 14

The Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

Yoshino Cherry tree across from the Heavenly Falls.

Sunday, March 13

The Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

Yoshino Cherry trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

Friday, March 11

The Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

Yoshino Cherry trees across from the Heavenly Falls.

Thursday, March 10

The Weeping Cherry in the Flat Garden.

A Yoshino on our Cherry Hill across from the Heavenly Falls.

Shining on the sea

Dazzling sun shaking over

Hills of cherry bloom

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