Things To Do

Poetry Workshop

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lan Su is filled with classical Chinese poetry. Take inspiration from your surroundings and create poem based on your experience in the garden in this series of workshops.

Poetry Month

Saturday, April 1, 2017 through Sunday, April 30, 2017

This April, learn about the poetry in Lan Su Chinese Garden as well as the historical and aesthetic traditions of poetry in Suzhou-style Chinese gardens with workshops, tours, and multiple poetry series. According to Chinese tradition, a garden landscape without poetry is not complete. Luckily, Lan Su is graced with a wealth of poetic inscriptions! Classical Chinese gardens – including Lan Su – are filled with poetic inscriptions as text, calligraphic ensembles, engravings and plaques. Poetry is one of the five elements, along with rocks, architecture, water, and plants, necessary for a comprehensive Chinese garden. Learn about Lan Su’s poetic couplets and inscriptions all month long with workshops, tours and poetry series featuring local and regional poets.

Nutrition Talk

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Learn about the importance of liver health to your digestion in this informative talk titled, “20 Ways to Love your Liver.”

Chinese Paper Cutting Activity

Friday, April 28, 2017

Join this hands-on paper cutting activity and explore new ways to learn Mandarin. Great for all ages and language levels.

Couplet Poetry Activity

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Create your own couplet inspired by the beauty of Lan Su!

Peach Blossom Poetry Series

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Prolific poets share their work with garden visitors every Saturday in April.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Monday, May 1, 2017 through Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May is national Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Lan Su this May with exciting performances from local cultural organizations and dance troupes.

Performances include groups representing the cultures of India, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Hawaii/Pacific Islands, and Japan.

Chinese Medicine Lecture Series with OCOM

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Learn more about holistic Chinese medicine and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.

Chinese Landscape Art Demonstration

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Watch as artist Ze Ming Zhao demonstrates the traditional skills used to create Chinese landscape art.

Stories of Asian Heritage

Thursday, May 4, 2017

​In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, storytellers take us down memory lane by sharing their family stories and experiences.

Today at the Garden

11:00 am - Chinese Folk Art Demonstration

Watch an expert calligrapher paint your name or Chinese zodiac sign.

12:00 pm - Public Tour

Join a trained docent for an interpretive tour of the garden.

1:00 pm - Public Tour

Join a trained docent for an interpretive tour of the garden.

2:00 pm - Public Tour

Join a trained docent for an interpretive tour of the garden.

2:00 pm - Couplet Poetry Activity

Create your own couplet inspired by the beauty of Lan Su!

3:00 pm - Poetry Workshop

Lan Su is filled with classical Chinese poetry. Take inspiration from your surroundings and create poem based on your experience in the garden in this series of workshops.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Monday, May 1, 2017

May is national Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Lan Su this May with exciting performances from local cultural organizations and dance troupes.

Performances include groups representing the cultures of India, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Hawaii/Pacific Islands, and Japan.


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Silk Road

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Discover the wonders of silk this June at Lan Su, including talks, a silk worm display, and a display of silk art and textiles.


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Suzhou Summer

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Lan Su Chinese Garden comes alive this summer with the sights and sounds of China with Suzhou Summer in July and August. Enjoy a series of demonstrations and activities in the traditional arts of calligraphy, brush painting, seal carving and music.


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