Garden Etiquette


You are encouraged and welcome to take photographs of Lan Su Chinese Garden for your own use and enjoyment. Please note that the image and design of the garden is copyrighted and we ask that you do not sell or otherwise use your images for commercial activities including print, broadcast, or web advertising. If you are a professional photographer and interested in including photos of the garden in your work, please contact Van Machado, Director of Member Services regarding an Artist Membership to the garden. Van can be reached at 503.228.8131 x1003, or send him an email.


Due to limited space on our pathways and for the enjoyment of all visitors, the garden cannot allow the use of tripods on weekends or on other high-traffic times. On weekdays, tripods are welcome with the understanding that visitors and tripods must stay on paved pathways, that the use does not impede other visitors, and that photographs are for your own use. Lan Su reserves the right to ask visitors to not use tripods during peak visitation times on any day. Monopods are allowed at any time for personal photos.

Photo Shoots and Portrait Photography

Lan Su Chinese Garden does not allow portrait photography during public hours. Portrait photography is defined as any group coming for the purpose of taking posed portrait photographs. This can be with a professional photographer or just a friend, but if the reason for the visit is taking posed portrait photos, we do not allow this during the public hours. Examples of photo shoots include: engagement photos, wedding photos, prom photos, senior or graduation photos, and posed portrait photos in costumes or special attire. Large equipment and light reflectors are never allowed during public hours. The garden pathways are narrow and patio spaces can be busy with visitors, so portrait photos can inhibit the enjoyment of the garden by other visitors.

You can rent the garden before we open or after we close for a private photo shoot, proposal or other small event. Enjoy the opportunity to take your time with no visitors in the background, utilize professional equipment or surprise your significant other.

Visitors are welcome to take photos for personal use while inside the garden. Since our pathways are narrow, we ask that you be courteous of other guests by not blocking pedestrian or wheelchair access, bridges or patio areas while you enjoy taking photos of the garden.    

For information about before or after hours rentals, please contact Gary Wilson, Director of Events & Programs at 503.228.8131 ext. 1010 or email Gary

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Food and Drink

Drinks are permitted within the garden only if they have a lid. Small snacks for toddlers or babies are the only outside food permitted in the garden.

For the safety of all visitors, glass bottles are never permitted in the garden.

Is the garden wheelchair accessible?

The garden does not provide wheelchairs, but you are welcome to bring your own. Lan Su has a wheelchair accessible route that travels throughout the garden. Almost every area of the garden can be accessed by those using mobility devices, and benches are available throughout the garden. 

Restrooms are also fully accessible, and an elevator in the Teahouse allows patrons with limited mobility to access both first and second floor seating.  

Visiting with Children

Children under age 13 must be supervised at all times while visiting the garden. For safety of visitors and horticultural specimens, it is very important to stay on the stone paths in the garden and not enter the planting beds. Please do not allow children to pick flowers or otherwise damage plants in the garden. 


Please leave your pets at home. Only service animals are permitted in the garden.

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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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