BUT, that said, I did find some scenes I really liked at Portland's Lan Su Chinese Garden. If I can just focus on a detail or two, put blinders on to strip away some of the drama, then I find some beautiful things that would be lovely to incorporate into a garden of my own.
Who wouldn't love to have an amazing gate like this in one's garden?
One feature I couldn't get enough of are the mosaic pebble floors. I love the pattens and the way the plants and moss soften the edges. Apparently the pebbles act like an acupressure treatment to the feet if you take your shoes off. I found it pleasant but a tad bit painful too.
And the architecture I can take in bits and pieces. I asked the guy dusting the bridge how often they had to dust the scrollwork. "Every day" he said, somewhat mournfully I thought. He did add that it can be quite meditative though. Weeding I find meditative, dusting not so much.
Those rocks I can appreciate in small doses.
The boat and lily pads were pretty charming.
Another moon gate.
Some calmer textural layering here.
OK, so there was plenty to like. I'd even go visit again.