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Extreme Weather and Caring for the Garden

Anticipating and Adjusting to Change Portland Japanese Garden is revered as a place where one can find an intimate connection with nature. Our natural topography and setting within a forest of towering trees combined with intentional design of each garden space allow the heart and mind to open, listen, and take important lessons from nature.   Listening and learning from nature also includes perceiving the signs of climate change. In the past 18

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Meet Hugo Torii, Garden Curator at Portland Japanese Garden

Hugo Torii was recently named Garden Curator at Portland Japanese Garden, making him the 10th to take on this critical role since the Garden opened in 1967. Torii is succeeding the Chief Curator, Sadafumi Uchiyama. “Creating gardens takes a lot of time and we see things in a longer timeframe. It’s important that we keep

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Looking Toward the Future

Restoring the View from Portland Japanese Garden Looking east toward Mt. Hood on the steps of Portland Japanese Garden’s Pavilion, you may have noticed that the iconic view of Portland’s city skyline has been harder to enjoy. Since Portland Japanese Garden was first established more than 55 years ago, the trees and surrounding vegetation has

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Portland Japanese Garden Curator Honored for Cultural Crossing Design

Congratulations to Portland Japanese Garden Curator, Sadafumi Uchiyama who was honored this week with a prestigious Garden Design Award from the Garden Society of Japan. Uchiyama’s application was submitted in July, and the winners were announced last month. He accepted his award in Tokyo this week surrounded by scholars and practitioners in the field of

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Bonsai: the Art of Longevity

“Bonsai can be almost anything that gets woody. I have a student that has a poison ivy bonsai but, no, I do not recommend that.” Sound advice from Michael Hagedorn, bonsai expert and consultant to Portland Japanese Garden. Hagedorn laughed as he answered light-hearted questions by curious onlookers – while trimming the spring shoots off