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Portland Japanese Garden to host American Public Gardens Association Conference (APGA)

June 20 – June 24, 2022 | Portland, Oregon

Portland Japanese Garden is the honored to host the 2022 APGA conference, taking place in our very own Portland, Oregon. This conference will be convening together professionals of the public garden field, representing 600 institutions in all 50 states, plus 20 nations.

The theme is “CommUNITY,” which speaks to the how gardens like ours are gathering place where visitors can lose themselves in the tranquility of nature and “create meaningful experiences together.”

Over the course of the conference, Portland Japanese Garden CEO Steve Bloom and Chief Curator Sadafumi (Sada) Uchiyama will participate in separate panel discussions. On June 21, Sada will join design colleagues in a discussion of our award-winning 2017 Cultural Crossing expansion. This conversation will cover how a multicultural team collaborated to transform challenging terrain into a beautiful and engineeringly-sound center for cultural exchange. On June 22, Steve will moderate a panel of Japanese garden experts titled Migrations: The Global Phenomenon of Japanese Garden Forms and Their Social and Horticultural Impacts. Steve and his colleagues will discuss how the ideals of Japanese gardens migrated
across oceans to make lasting social and horticultural impacts around the world. Steve will also be giving the conference’s keynote speech on June 22.

Portland Japanese Garden joins our friends at Lan Su Chinese Garden, Crystal Springs Rhododendron, and Hoyt Arboretum as the Host Gardens for this event.

This event is open to APGA members and non-members. More information can be found on the conference here.