Win Gift Certificate & Tickets ($44): Plan to Visit to Portland Japanese Garden in Spring: Flowering Plants, Art Exhibitions, Classes, Workshops

We’re giving you more chances to WIN a $25 gift store certificate + 2 tickets to The Portland Japanese Garden. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, May 5.

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From our sponsors:
Portland Japanese Garden Water LillyThe Portland Japanese Garden in Spring
611 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland, OR 97205

Hours of Operation:
noon-7pm Monday
10am-7pm Tue–Fri
10am-7pm Saturday
10am-7pm Sunday

Visiting the Portland Japanese Garden in Spring

Come visit the spectacular Portland Japanese Garden, the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan. Featuring five traditional styles of Japanese gardens on 5.5 acres in the scenic West Hills of Portland, Oregon, this must-see, year-round destination is open daily except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

Every season in the Garden is lovely, and in the spring the Garden is waking up. Lush green new growth on all the plants is accompanied by flowering camellias, followed by azaleas, magnolias, wisteria, Japanese iris, and finally water lilies.

Year-round programming includes art exhibitions, classes, workshops, and traditional festivals. Our onsite gift store offers treasures large and small.
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111 Responses to Win Gift Certificate & Tickets ($44): Plan to Visit to Portland Japanese Garden in Spring: Flowering Plants, Art Exhibitions, Classes, Workshops

  1. Roger April 29, 2014 at 11:12 am #

    Have only seen the Japanese Gardens once and have always wanted to return. Beautiful, beautiful place. Would love to win these passes and the gift certificate!! Thank you for the chance PDX Pipeline.

  2. Christine April 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    I’d love to take my friend who’s visiting from Germany in May!

  3. Kim April 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    i have never been and i will be visiting from chicago!

  4. Chris April 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Still haven’t been and would love to go!

  5. laura April 29, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    This sunshine puts me in the mood to head right up to the Japanese Garden, but will enjoy being there rain or sunshine!

  6. Kim Meyer April 29, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    Cherry blossoms bloom
    Rumbly showers from the sky
    Peace out, winter gloom!

    (by Rachel in CustomInk News)

    I would love to return to the Japanese Garden. Thanks!

  7. Crystal Nicholson April 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    I’ve never seen The Portland Japanese Garden – to see all the flowers blooming and get to see different types of plants/blooms plus the workshops, art and exhibits. What a wonderful day to spend with family, friends or sweethearts. Would love to win these tickets.

  8. Amanda Coyle April 30, 2014 at 12:09 am #

    It is a place of up most tranquility and peace, although I have never had the chance to visit it when it is not very very busy. A most beautiful work of several mediums. I can’t wait to return!

  9. Matt April 30, 2014 at 12:14 am #

    I would love to see The Portland Japanese Garden in Spring. I have never been.

  10. Hilary Andriesian April 30, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    I want to write a haiku inspired by the Garden, in the Garden. Please let this happen. And I will share the haiku on all available Social Media platforms. And with all poetically inspired garden gnomes.

  11. Chrissy Greer April 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    I would love to go to the Japanesse Gardens with my amazing wife!! She lived in Japan when her dad was stationed in Misowa, Japan. We moved to the Northwest one year ago and we haven’t had the chance to go see the gardens. Really hoping you choose us to win!! Thank you

  12. kim d May 1, 2014 at 7:16 am #

    ooooooohhhhhh. pick me!

  13. stacy May 1, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    My friend moved here from England and I want to show him around! What better way than to start his tour at the gardens!

  14. Kimberly Russell May 1, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    I love the Japanese Gardens and would never pass up a chance to visit again!

  15. Mandy May 1, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    We love culture and gardening. My husband and I are coming on our teen year anniversary. How wonderful would it be to have a romantic day at the Japanese garden. Since we both give our time and money to a non profit organization, to help others, we normally don’t afford our selves much outings. This would make it possible.

  16. Lea Anna May 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    I love spring time at the Japanese Garden. I haven’t made it up there yet and this would be a good opportunity.

  17. Matt May 1, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    I have to check this off of my Portland bucket list – this would be the perfect opportunity!

  18. Emily Bowman May 1, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    I’d love to take my mother-in-law there when she visits. Swoon!

  19. Liz May 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    Such a beautiful place, rain or shine.

  20. w May 1, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    me please!

  21. sherry May 1, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    The Japanese garden is one of my favorite places in Portland!

  22. Amanda May 1, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    Oh, I haven’t seen the garden in ages! It’d be a perfect way to spend my anniversary with my fiancee.

  23. Rachel Hammer May 1, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    What a lovely time of year for my first visit to such a beautiful place!

  24. Danielle Forster May 1, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    I’ve been in Portland for 8 years and have never been! Would love to visit!

  25. Thomas May 1, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    Right up the hill from my house, great afternoon thing to do

  26. Allie May 1, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    Would love to win these passes! Thanks!!!

  27. Shelby May 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    I have yet to visit the Japanese gardens and have some friends coming to visit Portland, would be perfect timing!

  28. Chris Gong May 1, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    The Japanese gardens must be beatiful with all this warm weather! Free tix would be great!

  29. Mark May 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    Have lived in Portland 8 years and have yet to make it to the Japanese Gardens. Well overdue.

  30. Wendy May 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    Perfect time of year, I’d love to go.

    • Wendy May 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

      I would love to go during this beautiful spring season.

  31. Lorianne May 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    I would love to show my girls this peaceful and beautiful place!

  32. Alan Aavedal May 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    Would love to visit the gardens!

  33. Rebecca May 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    I have never been, and would love to see that beautiful tree everyone photographs!

  34. Stephanie May 1, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    I haven’t been there in years, and I miss it. Would love to enjoy a stroll through the Natural Garden.

  35. Lorelee May 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Would love to take Mom there for a Mother’s Day treat.

  36. Tina May 1, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    The Japanese Garden is one of Portland’s greatest treasures. I’d love to take my sweetie there to soak in some calm.

  37. Kate May 1, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    I would love to go because it is the perfect place to refresh and recharge your creativity. It’s such an unexpected, beautiful oasis in the middle of the city.

  38. Maureen May 1, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    I have lived in Portland Oregon for 62 years and have never been to the Japanese Gardens. It is on my to do list. I would love to make it happen.

  39. Eileen May 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win! Spring in the Japanese Garden would sooth the soul…..

  40. Lisa May 1, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    My parents are coming to town this spring (their first time to Portland), and I would LOVE to be able to treat them to a visit to the Japanese Garden, one of my favorite places in Portland.

  41. Damian May 1, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    One of the two best times to visit PDX Japanese Gardens: Spring! (the other is obviously Fall).
    Cherry Blossoms in bloom!
    Load up on the Zrytec and let’s go!!!

  42. Bill W. May 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    Oh boy, this would be great to win this.

  43. KAT May 1, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    Since the explosions at Fukushima, the likely hood of my visiting Japan has greatly diminished. But the fact the beauty and serenity of a Japanese Garden can be experienced here in Portland, (I am fairly new here and have not been) at least offers the next best thing.

  44. Don Disner May 1, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Portland and the Japanese Garden are on my bucket list! I’ll finally get there June 13-16!

  45. Scott May 1, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    This sounds like so much fun.

  46. Austen May 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    My little Eskimo brother from Alaska is coming down, I’d love to take him to the Japanese Garden!

  47. Lisa May 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    It’s been forever since I’ve been to the garden!

  48. Keri May 1, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    I have never been to the gardens and my Grandparents are coming this summer and would absolutely love it. They do not have access to the variety and splendor of a Japanese garden in Florida.

  49. Dorida May 1, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    I would love to take my daughters who have never bee to the Japanese Gardens. Would love to view the gardens in all of their spring beauty and take some pictures. Thank you.

  50. Brittany May 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    I have yet to make it to the Garden during spring.

  51. Carol May 1, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    Beautiful, tranquil, serene with magnolias, cherry blossoms, peaceful pools of water……nature’s pallette of textures and colors cannot be replicated. Take me there to escape life for a while. Ahhhhhh.

  52. erica May 1, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    I love the Japanese Gardens!

  53. Luke May 1, 2014 at 6:02 pm #


  54. Greg May 1, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    I won’t go myself if I get the tickets. I’ve been there three times. I’d give the tickets to my mom and stepfather, who are visiting from Massachusetts. This would be perfect for them to do the day I have to work while they’re visiting.

  55. Cody May 1, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    I would love to see the Japanese Gardens at this time of year. Never been before! Is it my lucky day?

  56. Janet Scott May 1, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    I would love to win tix to go to the Japanese Garden. My birthday is the 6th, so the timing is
    perfect (if I win).

  57. Aaron May 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

    Lilypads upon the pond
    float slowly to and fro

  58. Jessica May 1, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Just moved here from Florida. Wanting to experience what makes Portland one of a kind. To feel the heartbeat of the city

  59. Toby May 1, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    My girlfriend has been wanting to go and I just haven’t been able to take her…until now! Please pick me.

  60. kaitlin May 1, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    I want to take my husband! We both love Japanese culture and sensibilities. :}

  61. Alex May 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    The Japanese garden is such a quiet and tranquil escape from the city – I always crave a second visit.

  62. Darren May 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    I’ve never been to the Japanese Garden but have heard wonderful things about it. I would be honored to receive a complementary ticket. Thank you!

  63. Kimina May 1, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    Would love to see this beautiful garden!

  64. SusanH May 1, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    I love Japanese gardens…and what better time than spring for a visit!

  65. Michelle W. May 1, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    A favorite place of mine, any time of year. Would love an excuse to go sooner than later.

  66. Dave Taube May 1, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

    It’s been over ten years since I’ve visited the Japanese Gardens, but I still remember it very well. Why haven’t I visited? I don’t know. The dog ate my homework. The sun was in my eyes. I didn’t realize that I was driving 85, officer.

    Seriously, there’s no excuse for going this long between visits. Hook me up with tickets and I promise that I’ll visit more often.

  67. Milp May 2, 2014 at 12:28 am #

    Godzilla has me crazy for Japanese culture!

  68. Tim May 2, 2014 at 5:30 am #

    I’ve just met a wonderful lady, and I’d like to take her to a beautiful, romantic place.

  69. Kobi Hensley May 2, 2014 at 6:13 am #

    I would love to go to the Japanese gardens. I have never been there and hear it’s amazing!

  70. Kelli May 2, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    A trip for Mom on Mothers Day.

  71. Nickolas Warner May 2, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    Uh… I just like gardens.

  72. Mike Borzy May 2, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    I would love to take my wife to the gardens as a mid-week getaway.

  73. Mark May 2, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    The Japanese Garden has long been a favorite place to visit year-round! I’d love to go this spring.

  74. Crystal May 2, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    I need zen.

  75. Naomi May 2, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    I haven’t been able to go to these gardens yet and I’d love to!!

  76. Sophie May 2, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    I want to take my grandparents!

  77. Libby May 2, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    I’d love to go see this. I’ve heard only good things!

  78. Sara May 2, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    I’ve never been and I’ve been meaning to go!

  79. Kim May 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    This would be an amazing experience

  80. Andria May 2, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    I would love to finally see these gardens!

  81. Kirsten May 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    I am a Big Sister in the Big Brother’s Big Sisters program and I would love to take my Little to see the Japanese Garden. I have been once on a hot summer day and I would love to experience it during Springtime.

  82. Diana May 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    I would love to see the Japanese gardens, enjoy the peace and beauty, and take part in all the wonderful things they offer.

  83. Dana Nash May 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    Pick me! Thanks so much!! :)
    Dana Nash

  84. Miranda T May 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Aw, I haven’t been there in at least two years, and would like to take this guy I know who needs a contemplative walk through somewhere pleasant.

  85. Melissa May 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    I just moved to Portland and my family is coming to visit soon. I would love to show them the beautiful areas that Portland has to offer! (Especially because they are worried about the seedier side of Portland)

  86. Karen May 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    I want to take my mom to the Japanese Garden as a Mother’s Day present!

  87. Andres Garcis May 2, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    I will be visiting PDX in late-May for my GF’s birthday (May 29th). This will be our first time there and I just know she would love this, this would be a GREAT surprise!

  88. Alessandra T. May 2, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    I never been there.
    I´m visiting from BRAZIL with my family and would love to be chosen.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  89. William Jun Tamaki May 2, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    I´ve been to the Japanese garden in 2002 and loved.
    I wanna take my wife and daughters there so they can see a part of their culture, since I can´t pay a trip to Japan.

    Hope to be picked.

  90. Sherry May 3, 2014 at 2:09 am #

    To calm the soul :)

  91. Esther May 3, 2014 at 6:24 am #

    we’re visiting from Singapore from 6-9 May! as we’re backpacking on a budget we had decided to forgo the Japanese Gardens this time round. would be amazing to receive free tics so we could still pay it a visit after all! thank you!

  92. marg May 3, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    A Portland Treasure!

  93. Courtney May 3, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    I have never been to the Portland Japanese Garden. It is something I have wanted to experience for many years. :) I even included the garden in some of my projects while in high school.

  94. Robert P May 3, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    Portland in the spring? Are you kidding?

  95. Brad May 4, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    I’ve never been, would love to check it out.

  96. Joshua Jabbour May 4, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    I really NEED to get outdoors more often. A garden sounds perfect. Please help me become a better person, pdxpipeline…

  97. Lisa May 4, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    What a wonderful treat to visit. I have heard so much about this place and it would be perfect during the spring. THANK-YOU for the chance!

  98. Lauren May 4, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    Lovely time of year.

  99. Wendy May 4, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    I went last fall and it was lovely. I’m sure it’s equally lovely in the spring.

  100. Dana G. May 5, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    Because flowering gardens make me happy…

  101. Laurie May 5, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    We are coming to Portland in July and can’t wait to see the gardens. The pictures of the garden look spectacular!

  102. Colleen May 5, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Oh my goodness I love gardening and find so much inspiration from this garden! I want to win!

  103. Andrea Bean May 5, 2014 at 11:57 pm #

    Id so love to finally visit this majestic place. I’d be everso grateful.

  104. Shakira S. May 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    I adored Japanese gardens in Japan, and have heard great things about Portland’s Japanese Garden. I would love to see it at last!

    Plus, Hanashoubu Irises are among my favourite flowers, so I’m delighted that they’re featured.

  105. Cody May 6, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    Color our world. Nebraskans visiting the city soon. We really want to win!

  106. Jamie May 9, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Well, it’s Mother’s day weekend and I’m a mom (on a tight budget…yeah, we don’t get out much), so I would love to spend a day with my kiddos exploring the gardens. That’s better than store bought flowers, right? :)

  107. Jamie May 16, 2014 at 6:06 am #

    I want to relive my time in Hokkaido, but with a short bike ride instead.

  108. Karon Lewis May 16, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    I wanna see this and chinese gardens. I wanna see how beautiful it is and take pics. This would be awesome.

  109. Kristin May 25, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    The Japanese gardens would be so wonderful to visit and learn about this year…. I just lost my own garden and would Really be grateful!

  110. John May 29, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    Have not gone since a wee little tyke. Would like to visit again as a fully functioning adult.

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