Announcing GJG Pruning Program

Courses start February 2023

Order Your Commemorative Touchstone Paver!

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.

You Never Know…

You Never Know…

By Sue Hughes One form of revenue for the Gresham Japanese Garden is renting out Tsuru Island. Most of our rentals are for graduation photos, weddings, or a celebration of life. Well, this one had me. A gentleman, Andrew, rented Tsuru Island for four hours for a movie...

Pruning a Blue  Spruce

Pruning a Blue Spruce

By Sue Hughes, Gresham Japanese Garden Pruner My assignment from Jim Card was to prune this Picea pungens glauca, blue spruce into pads. I've been reading a lot about the right and wrong way to prune a conifer into pads, but I wasn't sure how I was going to tackle...


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 for $10, or purchase one for $2.



Since the Garden’s reopening in 2011, volunteers have contributed over 28,000 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