Japanese Gardens (for fall colors and early opening for members)

Proclaimed the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a 5.5-acre haven of tranquil beauty nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland, Orego.  Check out their website: http://japanesegarden.com/

To get in at 6:30, we have to pay for a Photography Membership Level which is $150.  I will only be buying a regular "Senior Membership"  So I can only go at 8:00 am.  Sorry for any confusion I have caused.

Our group has visited the gardens several times in the last four years, but there is always something to shoot

On October 11th members only can go into the gardens at 6:30 am.  If the weather is still good, we can get pictures of fall colors and maybe even a sunrise.  Ordinarily the garden do not open until 10 a.m.  for the general public, but on this day you can get in with your tripod at 6:30 am if you are a member or a guest of a member.  I am a member so I can take one person (whoever contacts me first). 

If there are other members who want to go, please let us know so we can get others in free.  Or you might consider becoming a member because the The Japanese Gardens is a great place to go for photo shoots at least every season! The membership fee is not too expensive.  You only need to go a couple of times for it to pay off.

By the way:  I know someone who won a contest with an image they took at the Japanese Gardens. 

2012 Calendar Photo Contest Sponsored By:

Enter by December 15, 2010

Contest Description:

The Garden is calling for photo submissions for the 2012 Portland Japanese Garden calendar, featuring the images of
our Photographer Members.

Who’s Eligible to Enter:
Current Portland Japanese Garden Photo Members

Cannon is http://japanesegarden.com/visiting/photography/contest/

Also both Pro Photo and Cannon are offering a Photography Membership for the Japanese Gardens.  Check out the benefits. 

http://japanesegarden.com/visiting/photography/membership/

 

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  • Kate

    Mission accomplished -- I was able to get the library pass today, for admission tomorrow. Ellen, I'm looking forward to seeing you (and the other ladies) at 8:00 am tomorrow. (I may try to get some early morning shots at the Rose Test Garden, which is near the Japanese Gardens...)

    October 10, 2012

    • Ellen Q.

      Kate - Thanks for posting the good news. I will see you tomorrow at the Japanese Gardens at 8 AM. I look forward to trying out my new tripod, too!

      October 10, 2012

  • Kate

    I've reserved a pass through the Hillsboro library that allows free entrance to the Japanese Gardens for up to 4 adults. (BTW, other Washington County libraries are part of this program, too). If I can collect the pass the day before our meetup, then 3 other WLPT members can get in for free with me at 8:00 am that Thursday. I’ll update this post on Wednesday evening, Oct. 10th, to report if I am successful in getting the pass early.

    October 3, 2012

    • Kate

      Thanks, Nancy -- I spoke with Marcy at the Japanese Gardens last Wednesday before I posted that note; she verified the information with someone else in the office before assuring me that using the library pass *would* allow us to enter, for free, at 8:00 am. So unless their policy has changed within the last week, I think we're good to go. (Have you yourself tried to use the pass? What is the source of your information?)

      October 9, 2012

    • Ellen Q.

      Kate - If you are able to get the pass today, I'd be interested in being one of the three others you can get in for free tomorrow at 8:00 AM. I'll look for your update sometime this evening. Thanks for the kind offer!

      October 10, 2012

  • Dawn B.

    I would love to go, especially if someone would adopt me that can get in at 6:30 - then I wouldn't have to make up so much time at work! :D

    October 5, 2012

  • Rae Lynn N.

    According to the website: "There is a $2.00 per-person fee for all non-members entering the Garden with a tripod." I am not sure if this means you have to pay if you are the guest of a member, but if you are a member, you don't have to pay for your tripod.

    October 4, 2012

  • Rae Lynn N.

    I thought that if you had a membership, you didn't have to pay a tripod fee. I had better look at the website again.

    October 4, 2012

  • Dana M

    Just a note, that there is a tripod fee also.

    October 4, 2012

  • melody m.

    sorry that's to much for me

    October 3, 2012

  • Heather S.

    I would like to go too but I'm not a member either. I would have to take some time off of work but I don't think that would be a problem right now.

    October 3, 2012

  • Penne F.

    Me too! But not a member either ....

    October 2, 2012

  • Heidi G.

    I also would like to attend but am not a member. Will they let us in early?

    October 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to go as well... I am not a member though.

    October 2, 2012

  • Kristin T.

    I would be interested in attending before work as a guest of a member if possible.

    October 2, 2012

  • Kate

    I'd love to go as your guest, Rae Lynn, but don't mind paying either.

    October 2, 2012

  • Teresa H.

    I would love to attend, but I cannot do morning events due to health issues. If this were a later afternoon or early evening meetup, I'd be all over it. Have fun, though!

    October 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    There will be Ikebana exhibits at the Pavillion next weekend and another two weeks later if anyone is interested.
    You may or may not be able to use tripods at the exhibit though.

    October 2, 2012

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