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.
Create art in the garden during special hours just for Artist Members.
Join an instructor led Ba Gua Zhang class every Tuesday in the garden.
Enjoy a demonstration of traditional Chinese brush painting with Dr. Jiyu Yang of the Wisdom Arts Academy.
Learn about Chinese calligraphy and watch classically-trained scholars from the Wisdom Arts Academy share techniques of this ancient art.
Learn about the classical Chinese art of calligraphy while sipping tea.
Practice Mandarin Chinese in a casual and fun setting with the Portland State University Confucius Institute.
Join the Oregon Chinese Coalition (OCC) at Lan Su each Tuesday to practice your Mandarin skills lead by OCC volunteers who are native speakers.
Watch an expert calligrapher paint your name or Chinese zodiac sign. Personalized calligraphy is available for a small cost or simply watch a master at work.
Get tips for integrating feng shui principles into your life with local expert Gwynne Warner of 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui.
Watch and participate in an instructor-led session of 18 Movement or Shibashi qigong.
Members, enjoy more time in the garden with special 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).
Listen to music from students and teachers of the Wisdom Arts Academy as you enjoy tea in the Teahouse. Requires purchase of tea.
Learn from trained horticulturalists about the plants of Lan Su Chinese Garden with a weekly plant walk.
Join a trained docent for an interpretive tour of the garden. Note: Public tours are based on docent availability and are subject to change without notice. Upon your arrival at Lan Su, please ask garden staff for the next available tour times.
Watch and participate in a group session of Tai Chi Chih.
Enjoy a demonstration of traditional Chinese music in the garden with musician Bi Hai.
Come learn the traditional Chinese game of Wei Chi (Go).
Join a qigong session led by instructors from the Wen Wu School Portland.
Join an instructor-led Tai Chi class.
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.
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.
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 16 of the most fragrant or most beautiful plants in the garden, the Plant Guide is your window into Lan Su's horticultural landscape.
Plant Guides by Season:
Ask for a copy of the Family Discovery Guide at the front gate when you enter. Discovery guides are great for families, acting like scavenger hunts leading curious minds through the garden. Family Discovery Guides are updated throughout the year, reflecting the cultural festivals and seasonal blooms of Lan Su. There's always something new to discover at Lan Su Chinese Garden!
239 Northwest Everett Street, Portland, Oregon 97209
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Lan Su Chinese Garden
220 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 1050, Portland, Oregon 97209
Members, donors and visitors help keep Lan Su healthy and growing. Lan Su is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations and memberships are tax deductible. Lan Su’s Federal Tax ID number (EIN) is 93-1296840.