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Portland Japanese Garden & Portland Art Museum to Co-Present Lecture Exploring How Gardens are Living Museums

Portland Japanese Garden and Portland Art Museum are co-presenting a lecture by Richard Deverell, Director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London), titled “Kew as a Global Living Museum: Gardens as a Metaphor for Change, Creativity, and Community-Building.” This event will take place on Sunday, July 31 at 1:30pm PDT in the Whitsell Auditorium at Portland Art Museum.

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Portland Japanese Garden to Co-Host American Public Garden Association Conference; Convening Representatives from Over 600 Different Gardens Around the World

Portland Japanese Garden is honored to be among the host gardens for this year’s annual conference of the American Public Garden Association (APGA), titled “CommUNITY of Gardens.” From June 19th through June 24th, professionals representing 600 organizations from all 50 states and 20 nations will convene at Hilton Downtown Portland to highlight how public gardens “ignite connection, protection, and change.”

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Did You Know Your Flowers Came from Japan? New Portland Japanese Garden Exhibition Illuminates the Origin of the Plants Around Us

As the Pacific Northwest moves from spring into summer, its landscape becomes decorated with the joyous colors of irises, wisteria, azaleas, and rhododendrons. These flowers have become so deeply woven into the gardens, parks, and yards of Oregon that one may not realize many are actually Japanese in origin. Gifts from Japan: A Horticultural Tale Told through Botanical Art, a new art exhibition at Portland Japanese Garden explores how these beloved plants voyaged across an ocean to establish new roots in the United States.

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Portland Japanese Garden Celebrates Purchase of Salvation Army Property; U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici & Oregon Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward to be in Attendance for Hand-Off Event

On Thursday April 21, Portland Japanese Garden will celebrate the acquisition of a property that will house its new sibling organization, the Japan Institute. Speakers at this event will include U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Oregon Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Consul General of Japan in Portland Masaki Shiga, Salvation Army Major Bob Lloyd, and Portland Japanese Garden CEO Steve Bloom.

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Portland Japanese Garden to Partner with Kengo Kuma Again: Acclaimed Architect Will Design Jewel of New Japan Institute Campus

Portland Japanese Garden is delighted to announce that it will once again partner with internationally acclaimed architect Kengo Kuma to refresh part its new Japan Institute campus. Kuma, one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2021, designed the award-winning Cultural Crossing expansion for Portland Japanese Garden in 2017, which marked his first public project in North America.

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Portland Japanese Garden & Lan Su Chinese Garden Offer Membership Levels to Community Residents Receiving Public Income-Related Assistance

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 7, 2022 – Portland Japanese Garden and Lan Su Chinese Garden, two of Portland, Oregon’s most cherished nonprofit cultural organizations, are excited to share details of the access membership levels that will welcome more members to each garden in 2022 and beyond. Lan Su Chinese Garden is delighted to announce their

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Celebrate Spring with the Cherry Blossoms of Portland Japanese Garden

In the Garden, the arrival of spring has been accompanied by the steady bloom of cherry blossoms. The delicate and ephemeral beauty of these cherished trees is stirring, and our Yoshino and Weeping Cherry trees will soon glow with joyful white and pink colors. What better place to come embrace the start of a new season then at Portland Japanese Garden?