In Japan, the transition of seasons is revered for their impermanence. The fleeting nature of Japanese maples reaching peak color only heightens the anticipation of fall.

In a part of the world better known for its year-round greenery, once a year, the Pacific Northwest comes to life with exquisite tone and texture. Throughout this season, Portland Japanese Garden is active as the lush, full, and matured trees from the summer transform into their autumn splendor, revealing brilliant shades of red and gold. When fall hits Portland Japanese Garden, it is absolutely stunning.

While factors like temperature, light, and water all affect the onset and duration of fall colors, you can start to see the transformation throughout the month of October. Visit often to see Portland Japanese Garden transform throughout the season.

Fall Color Status Update

Update as of 10/25/2021: Despite the weekend’s wind and rain scattering some foliage, colors are still lingering throughout the Garden. Our famous lace leaf maple at the Upper Pond of the Strolling Pond Garden has shed its leaves, exposing its beautifully intertwining branch structure. Come to experience the magic of the transition of seasons.

Fall Foliage and Maintenance: In order to maintain our paths and preserve the Garden environment and the level of cleanliness and grooming expected by all our members and visitors, our gardeners perform necessary maintenance, including the use of leaf blowers. In the fall, leaf blower use may increase in the mornings when the Garden is open. The schedule is currently Monday: 8:00-10:00am, Wednesday: 8:00-9:00am, Friday: 8:00-9:00am, and Saturday: 8:00-8:30am. Thank you for your understanding. 

“Seasons are the manifestation of the passage of time”

– Diane Durston, Curator Emerita



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Photographer Membership

Photographers capture our famous Japanese Maple

Portland Japanese Garden Photographer Memberships are designed especially for professional and amateur photographers and include all the benefits of membership, including invitations to special Photographer Member hours, permission to sell photographs of the Garden for commercial, advertising, or promotional purposes, and more! Learn about the value of these photo memberships ahead of this picturesque seasonal time.