I finally made the pilgrimage from Atlanta to Portland OR to see the koi pond in the Japanese Gardens. The setting was absolutely perfect for a koi pond with streams of water, bridges, and the perfect Japanese Maples and other evergreens around the edges. The water was crystal clear and the koi were better looking than I had imagined. The koi are still relatively small since the gardens had to replace their stock in recent years. I will post pictures in a few days so bookmark this page and check back later if seeing this before I have the chance.
In addition to the koi pond the rest of the garden was one of the best I have ever visited. I took several pictures of railings and bridges so I can one day adorn my pond with similar features.
Down the hill from the Japanese gardens was the Rose Gardens. Our trip was in mid June which was perfect for viewing the huge and colorful roses.
There were climbing roses, hedges, and even a couple of rose towers for inspiration.
Finding the gardens is an adventure in itself since there are no signs pointing the way. There are signs to Washington park which gets you to the correct roads where there is signage. It is off Burnside at the top of the hill. Voodoo donuts is at the bottom of the hill on 3rd.
Portland is beautiful place to visit. There are many day trips to mountains and oceans that can entertain everyone. The city itself is full of life during the week and on the weekends. Food is generally fabulous, hotels moderately priced, and is much more scenic than its fellow cities to the north.
If considering a trip to the Pacific North West, plan about 7-10 days for seeing all the sights between Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver BC(or Victoria). A car is a must since many destinations are outside of the cities.
Highlights from our tour
Portland Japanese Garden and Rose Garden
Daytrip to MT Hood and Gorge drive
Daytrip to Seaside and Cannon Beach
Voodoo Donuts, Beaches restaurant, Pastini restaurant
Space Needle, EMP Museum, Chihuly gardens, Olympic sculpture park, Argosy harbor cruise, Seattle Zoo, Pike Place
Glass blowing company, shopping, monorail ride, and adventures in parking.
Day trip MT Ranier
Old Spaghetti factory, Dinner at whole foods.
Day trip Vancouver BC (Glanville Island and downtown)