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2020 Garden+ Lecture Series

Garden+, a program of the International Japanese Garden Training Center, introduces a new roster of speakers bringing creative ideas, thought-provoking talks and transformative conversations to frame 2020. Our speaker series aims to place the Japanese garden tradition in new light, connecting it to topics like nature, technology, health, architecture, culture, design, spirituality, and society. Garden+ invites designers, authors, and practitioners to explain new ideas, challenge assumptions, and share new creative work with our audiences.

Tickets, unless otherwise noted, are $20/members, $25/non-members and $12.50 for students under 25. Please see below listings for exact ticket on-sale dates.


Healing Nature Exhibition: Two-Part Virtual Panel Discussions

Tuesday, November 17 | 2pm – 3pm (PST)

We invite you to join a conversation between Kenneth Helphand and Bonnie Clark – two renowned researchers focused on the essential role of a garden as means of human expression and communal identity. During this virtual panel presentation, Helphand and Clark will unfold the purpose of a garden, and how and why they are necessary for humanity. This conversation will be moderated by Portland Japanese Garden’s Sadafumi Uchiyama.

Tuesday, 12/8: “Beautiful Resistance: A Garden as a Cultural Landscape at Manzanar” 

Tuesday, December 8 | 11am-noon (PST)

Join Jeff Burton, Pat Alvarado, and Kenneth Helphand in a discussion exploring the purpose and impact of cultural landscapes and objects created in the War Relocation Authority’s internment camps. Japanese gardens created in these camps served a need beyond just a beautiful landscape in desolate grounds – they helped internees preserve their dignity, forge community bonds, and strengthened their will to survive. This conversation will be moderated by Portland Japanese Garden’s Sadafumi Uchiyama.

NOTE: Both of the events, “A Garden of Humanity: From Substance to the Highest Form of Creativity”  (Tuesday, 11/17) and “Beautiful Resistance: A Garden as a Cultural Landscape at Manzanar” (Tuesday, 12/8) are offered as a two-part series with bundled pricing. 

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