One of our first stops was to the Lan Su Chinese Garden, where I saw some of the most magnificent paths my feet have ever tread upon.
I overheard a docent saying the garden and surrounding structures are representative of how wealthy Chinese lived in the 16th century. I can imagine the silk slippers of women slowly gliding along this path and over the bridge.
This path must have been for the kiddos. Did Chinese youngsters play hopscotch?
The paths at the Portland Japanese Garden led to places of incredible beauty and serenity.
Along the way, some paths spoke of gardening friendships like the paths that connected the neighboring gardens of Joanne Fuller and Linda Ernst.
Sometimes paths can be tricky, but when in doubt where to begin, it's always best to start at the beginning. I learned that from watching the Wizard of Oz and I think it's pretty sound advice.
Paths that give me paws are my favorite paths. The kangaroo paws at the John Kuzma Garden made me stop and take notice. I've tried to grow these several times over the years without success and here they were looking like they were growing in their native habitat.
The paths at the Chickadee Gardens performed double duty as edging for the garden beds. The light grey blocks are very striking next to the dark stones and foliage of the rock garden.
Danger Garden used wide paths and interconnected patios to display dozens and dozens of potted cactus and succulents. Be careful. Some of those cactus may bite.
You can't go wrong starting a path with a magnificent mosaic tile landing like this one at Floramagoria.
Fancy is nice, but a simple country path also has it's charms.
|Floramagoria Side Veggie Garden|
|McMenamins Kennedy School Vegetable Garden|
|Lavender Field at Westwind Farm Studio|
|Fellow Flinger at Rhone Street Garden|
|Old Germantown Garden|
The paths of Bella Madrona beckoned to me and my fling roomie, Laura, from the moment we arrived.
The inhabitant path posers paused while we snapped several pics. I think they've had their picture take before.
Bella Madrona had some of the most interesting paths within their enormous 5 acre garden.
These moss covered steps have had 34 years to develop their patina at Bella Madrona.
These magical arches make the woodlands feel enchanted. I bet fairies live here.
I better stay on the path or I might become mired in the marsh like this donkey who's lost his wagon.
I hope you will agree that the best paths are the ones that lead us home. If you're lucky, you have a wet-nosed pup eagerly waiting at the door like this one at the home of JJ De Sousa. JJ owns a store in Portland called Digs Inside and Out. If you're ever in the area, I hear she has wonderful pieces for the home and garden.
Thanks for traveling along with me. I hope this summer leads you down some interesting paths as well.