Members at Lan Su

A membership to Lan Su Chinese Garden opens a world of new and exciting opportunities to explore, inspire and become engaged with China's rich cultural history. Below, find some special events, activities and discounts that your Lan Su membership provides.


Summer 2017Lan Su Summer 2017 Newsletter

  • The Osmanthus: The History and Future
  • Chinese Opera Performance
  • Lan Su Member Mornings & Evenings 
  • Lan Su Donors

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Spring 2017Lan Su Spring 2017 Newsletter

  • Exciting Membership Updates
  • Silk Month
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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Autumn 2016Lan Su Autumn 2016 Newsletter

  • Nine Free Days
  • Listen to the Fragrance Book Release
  • Chrysanthemum Tea Blends in the Teahouse
  • December Artist Member Exhibition & more

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Summer 2016Lan Su Summer 2016 Newsletter

  • Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
  • Business Member Profile: Airbnb
  • October Tea Month Preview
  • Ninth Moon Floral Design Showcase updates & more

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Spring 2016Lan Su Spring 2016 Newsletter

  • Letter from the new Executive Director
  • Member Nights in Lan Su
  • Lake Zither Update
  • Lan Su’s Summer Benefit Concert & more

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Winter 2015-2016Lan Su Winter 2015-2016 Newsletter

  • Ninth Moon Floral Design Showcase
  • Mumvember
  • Art of Lake Zither: Nancy Klos Exhibition
  • Chinese New Year Schedule

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Special Discounts for Lan Su Members

Garden Shop Discounts

This October in the Garden Shop, get 25% off all tea and related teaware accessories including cups, pots, scoops, canisters, infusers, books on tea, and more! (See Garden Shop for details. Additional discounts do not apply.)

Reciprocal Admission Benefits in 2017

Back by popular demand, museums and attractions in the Portland metro area have teamed up to offer a reciprocal membership program in 2017. Created by members of the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance (PAMA) in 2015, this special promotion was initiated as a way to show appreciation for each attraction’s loyal members, as well as to highlight the important role that cultural attractions play in the community. Lan Su members can enjoy access to the area’s top attractions throughout the year as an added benefit! 

In 2017, members of the  Oregon ZooWorld Forestry Center, Oregon Historical SocietyLan Su Chinese GardenRice Northwest Museum of Rocks & MineralsEvergreen Aviation & Space MuseumWashington County Museum, and Deepwood Museum & Gardens will have access to free admission for up to four people during the months listed below:

Members must present a valid membership card from one of the participating organizations to receive free admission. Free admission is valid for up to four individuals, regardless of membership level.

Japanese Garden Reciprocal Admission - November

In November, Lan Su and the Portland Japanese Garden will offer reciprocal admission to both gardens to their members. Explore the differences between a Chinese and Japanese garden and explore their 5-acres in Washington Park.

Member Only Events

NEW Member Hours - Year Round

Members, enjoy more time in the garden with exclusive hours year-round just for Lan Su members. Open to all Lan Su members and their guests (see membership level for number of guest privileges).

Early Hours

  • First Wednesday of the month (year-round)
  • 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

After Hours

  • Last Wednesday of the month (year-round)
  • 7 p.m. - 9 p.m March - October
  • 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. November - February

Artist Member Hours — Year Round

Exclusive to Lan Su Chinese Garden Artist Members. Learn more about Artist Membership »

(Please check the web calendar before visiting for any changes. Xie xie!)

  • Artist Early Hours - the first Friday of the month (8 a.m. - 10 a.m.)
  • Artist After Hours - the third Monday of the month (7 p.m. - 10 p.m. May through October, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. November through February)

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For more information or to sign up for the member e-newsletter, please contact Van Machado, Director of Membership at or 503.228.8131.

Golden Chrysanthemum Membership

As part of Lan Su Chinese Garden’s commitment to improve the membership program, we have redefined the $1,000 giving level to combine the Chrysanthemum membership and the Empress Wu Women of Infamy Giving Circle. The result is the new Golden Chrysanthemum membership with added benefits and opportunities to meet and learn with a wonderful group of people who actively support the Lan Su’s mission.

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Artist Addendum

Lan Su Chinese Garden is pleased to offer an Artist Membership Addendum for photographers and artists—professional and amateur alike. This yearly membership provides benefits created specifically for artists including additional access to Lan Su, the ability to sell photos and paintings of the garden and invitations to events tailored for an artist.

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Art at Lan Su 

Lan Su hosts several artists each year, from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, to show work in the pavilions of the garden. From classical Chinese styles to contemporary work, each show offers a new experience of Lan Su Yuan.

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Call for Artists

Lan Su Chinese Garden invites artists working in all mediums to submit images for review for public exhibition in the garden. Exhibitions run generally one-to-two months in one or more of the enclosed pavilions within the garden. Of particular interest are works from Portland-area artists with botanical and Chinese cultural themes although all manner of subjects will be considered. Please include a brief biography stating work mediums and inspirations, as well as details about size, format, and, if possible, retail gallery price ranges of the bulk of your work. If selected, agreements will be entered into for exhibition sales on a commission basis. Review of images begins immediately upon receipt.

The call for submissions is currently closed for the 2018 calendar year. The call for submissions for the 2019 calendar year will open January 1, 2018. Email submissions to; no calls or drop-ins please. 

Lan Su Chinese Garden, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, serves approximately 150,000 visitors annually. The Mission of Lan Su Chinese Garden is to cultivate an oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony, to inspire, engage and educate our global community in the appreciation of a richly authentic Chinese culture.