Ongoing Programs

In order to expand on Lan Su Chinese Garden's mission to inspire, engage and educate visitors in all aspects of Chinese culture, the program department has partnered with more than 50 community organizations in specific aspects of Chinese culture. These partnerships allow Lan Su to serve as a strong "cultural community center" of all-things Chinese in the Portland Metro area offering these rich cultural experiences.

Through the generosity of these partners and additional sponsors, Lan Su is able to offer each of these activities as part of your membership or admission. There is no additional cost to participate and registration is not required.

Calligraphy in the Teahouse  »

Learn about the classical Chinese art of calligraphy while sipping tea.

Chinese Conversation Circle  »

Practice Mandarin Chinese in a casual and fun setting with the Portland State University Confucius Institute.

Photo © OCOM/H2Meyer Photography

Chinese Medicine Lectures with the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine  »

Every Tuesday in May, speakers from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine will present a talk on a variety of Chinese medicine topics.

Classical Chinese Medicine Series with NCNM  »

Join presenters from the National College of Natural Medicine at Lan Su for a weekly series every Thursday at noon February 20 through May 8.

Family-Friendly Mandarin Lessons  »

Lively lessons focus on tone production by non-native speakers and include plenty of games.

Life in Balance Tai Chi  »

Watch and participate in an instructor-led session of 18 Movement or Shibashi qigong.

Music in the Teahouse  »

Listen to music from students and teachers of the Wisdom Arts Academy as you enjoy tea in the Teahouse. Requires purchase of tea.

OCOM Pulse Diagnosis and Chinese Medicine Information Table  »

An opportunity to learn more about holistic Chinese medicine and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.

Pang Family Qigong  »

Watch and participate in an instructor-led Pang Family Style qigong session.

Plant Walk  »

Learn from trained horticulturalists about the plants of Lan Su Chinese Garden with a weekly plant walk.

Docent led Public Tours

Public Tour  »

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

T'ai Chi Chih  »

Watch and participate in a group session of t’ai chi chih.

Tai Chi  »

Watch and participate in an instructor-led tai chi session every Thursday.

Wei Chi

Wei Chi Go  »

Come learn the traditional Chinese game of Wei Chi.

This Month at Lan Su

Lan Su in Bloom

Lan Su Chinese Garden sheds the cold and gray of winter to “drink in the fragrance” of spring with two months of plants, flowers and everything blooming!

Featuring four of China’s most auspicious and culturally significant plants: rhododendrons, camellias, peonies and magnolias, April and May will be filled with sight and scents of special floral arrangements, unique plant displays plant walks and talks on each of the four featured plants by experts. In addition, visitors will be able to tour Lan Su with plant guides for each of the four featured plants.

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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.

Learn more about the current exhibition »

Plan Your Visit

Lan Su Chinese Garden offers infinite paths to discovery, whether you are a visitor simply taking in the beauty of the garden for the first time or a member who comes back day after day to sip tea in the teahouse.  One visit just isn’t enough to take in the depth and abundance of experiences. Lan Su is ever-changing—by the minute, by the hour, and with the seasons. Learn more and plan your visit today.

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Plant Guide

Discover what's currently in bloom at Lan Su by picking up a copy of Lan Su's most recent Bloom Guide at the door or download your copy now.  Featuring 18 of the most fragrant or most beautiful plants in the garden, the Plant Guide is your window into Lan Su's horticultural landscape.

Download your copy now. (PDF, 815 KB) »