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2021 summer cultural series
sponsored by city of gresham

2021 Summer Cultural Series at the Garden


Sho- Art (Calligraphy) Live Performances – 1:00 & 2:15pm
Art of Bonsai Demonstrations – 11:30am to 1:30pm


Shinobue (Bamboo Flute) Performances – 1pm & 2:15pm
Ikebana (Floral Arrangement) Demonstrations – 10am-noon


Koto-Kai (Japanese Harp) Performances – 1pm & 2:15pm
Origami for All Ages and Abilities – Noon-2pm


Koto-Kai (Japanese Harp) Performances – 1pm & 2:15pm
Ikebana (Floral Arrangement) Demonstrations – 3:00 -5:00pm


Takohachi’s Q (Drums) Performances – 11am & 1pm
Art of Bonsai Demonstrations – 2:00 to 4:00pm

Visit Gresham Japanese Garden

Tsuru Island, 3/4 of an acre located at Gresham Main City Park is free and open to the public sunrise to sunset.

A Lesson on Pine Trees

A Lesson on Pine Trees

A Lesson on Pines As a pine tree ages, interior and low branches die off from lack of light and energy. To keep a pine tree healthy, spring candling, winter needling, and cutting out branches to retain its shape are necessary. Before pruning, you first study the...

Sakura in Japanese Culture

Sakura in Japanese Culture

Sakura in Japanese Culture By Mary DicksonThey blossom, and thenWe gaze, and then the bloomsScatter, and then…(Onitsura, poet) Beyond the beauty of sakura, the national flower of Japan, lies deep symbolism for the nation and its people.One of my Japanese friends said,...

What’s wrong with this tree?

What’s wrong with this tree?

When you walk through Main City Park past Tsuru Island towards the entrance to Springwater Trail, is where Gresham Japanese Garden's Resource Center is located. Now that you're oriented, in front of the Resource sits this tree. It's a 25-year old Shishigashira...


Ebetsu Plaza is located in the south end of Main City Park closest to Springwater Trail. This is a public space, free for the public to enjoy.

Mission Statement

The Gresham Japanese Garden on Tsuru Island provides a place of culture, beauty and learning for all who enter. The Friends of Gresham Japanese Garden bear responsibility to the city of Gresham, to build upon the Japanese American legacy in the community. We foster sustainability through leadership, stewardship, education and volunteerism.

Available to Rent

The Gresham Japanese Garden, Ebetsu Plaza, and the Resource Center are all available for your next event or meeting. Check us each one of the venues as separate rentals or in combination!

Support the Garden


Blank Note Cards

Set of 6 of $10, or purchase one for $2.



Since the Garden’s reopening in 2011, volunteers have contributed over 17,000 hours pruning, sweeping pavers, planting, replanting, building — you name it and the volunteers have done.


Commemorative Pavers

An endowment fund to maintain the garden is now available through the Commemorative Paver campaign.

Tsuru Island

Gresham Park’s Most Inspirational Project

What Our Volunteers Say:

“ I have found great friends, gardening joy, and have learned more things about all facets of gardening in a multi-generational setting. I’ve hit the garden lottery of joy!!”

— Deb