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The Garden as a Teacher

Opportunities to Learn To learn about the Japanese garden is to dive headlong into the deep waters of a culture’s heart and soul – learning not just about compositions of stone, plants, and water, but also about spirituality, poetry, aesthetics, architecture, applied arts, and so much more. Our International Japanese Garden Training Center offers learners

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Gardener’s Mind, Beginner’s Mind

When Tim Gruner joined the Portland Japanese Garden’s Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart professional training seminar at its launch in 2016, he did so as a gardener with 30 years of hands-on experience. As part of the staff at Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Ill., he worked under the direction of Hoichi Kurisu, himself

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The Divinity of Detail: Lessons from the Japanese Garden

The phrase “God is in the details” is, with uncertainty, attributed to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. But whether it came from the Modernist great or someone else, there is something about the play of detail in the creative process that transcends time and geography. Detail occupies a particularly complex and nuanced role in the Japanese garden.

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Back to School with Serenity

We know back to school can be a hurried and stressful time for teachers and school employees. That’s why now through September 30, the Portland Japanese Garden is offering Portland Public School employees our Student Price discount after 5pm.

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Spaces in Translation, a Conversation with Christian Tagsold

Christian Tagsold’s book Spaces in Translation came out last year to high acclaim, with one reviewer saying “there is nothing remotely like this book, and with it, Tagsold becomes a central figure in the study of Japanese gardens.” Since Tagsold will be coming to Portland to present his ideas at the International Japanese Garden Conference