Total Landscape Care

June 2013

Total Landscape Care Digital Magazine

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 12 of 69

fieldreport: FieldReport: news, trends & cool stuff n TEXT AND PHOTOS BY LAUREN HEARTSILL DOWDLE Chinese garden brings harmony, culturally symbolic plants to Portland ass the chained bicycles, rose-adorned street signs, people who "Keep Portland Weird" and a pair of lions guarding the Chinatown gate lie traces of an ancient world. Once inside the walls of the Lan Su Chinese Garden, visitors are asked to turn off their cell phones and have the option of removing their shoes for a more natural experience. Only the occasional screeching tires remind visitors of the busy world outside the compound. The moss and pebble mosaic walkway winds through moon gate door openings, across a pond of koi fish and into Ming Dynasty-inspired structures, which range from a teahouse to art exhibit. Hundreds of native Chinese plants, including magnolia, cymbidium, camellia and Osmanthus collections, line the paths with intoxicating smells and colors. The staff keeps the lotus blossoms in the green house because the plants can't survive the Portland, Oregon, winters. But the foliage also serves J U N E 2013 TLC0613_FieldReport.indd 7 TotalLa nd s c a p e C a re . c o m 7 5/23/13 1:51 PM

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Total Landscape Care - June 2013