See Portland Japanese Garden as it transitions from springtime’s vibrant color to a verdant summer sanctuary. As the days grow warmer and the sun shines longer, look up and find solace in the lush summer surroundings.

Whether you’re seeking shade from the hot afternoon sun or letting go of the day’s stresses with a comforting stroll, see the Garden illuminated by dappled sunlight and a soft summer glow.

“Summer is less visual but a more sensual experience.”

Sadafumi Uchiyama, Chief Curator

As the Garden transforms into a picturesque greenscape, the Japanese iris provide a pop of color as the harbinger of summer. The buds open in late June to reveal flowers nearly six inches across in shades of purple and white. Symbolizing purity and innocence, the narrow iris leaf resembles the shape of a samurai sword blade.

“In summer, you’ll learn to appreciate the subtle difference in the color green.”

Sadafumi Uchiyama, Chief Curator

The Japanese iris beds can be found in the Lower Pond by Heavenly Falls in the Strolling Pond Garden. They are the Higo form of Japanese iris bred to bloom a single flower on a single stem.

When you visit Portland Japanese Garden in summer, find sanctuary in the midst of modern life, and take solace in the serenity of nature.

Resources for Enjoying Summer at the Garden

Photo Galleries


July 7, 2021




June 16, 2021




June 2, 2021




The Harbinger of Summer




A Symphony of Green




As Spring Turns to Summer




See the Garden in Evening Light