The entrance to our parking lot at SW Kingston Ave is currently closed due to a stormwater improvement project by the City of Portland. There is a detour. Visitors will only be able to enter the parking lot from the south end, by the International Rose Test Garden. See our “Getting Here and Parking” for more info.
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 Updates
We’ll be updating this space to inform our visitors about the status of our fall colors. Make sure to check back here and to follow us on Instagram!
These photographs below were taken in 2021 and may help give a sense of what is to come in 2022.
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.
“Seasons are the manifestation of the passage of time”
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.