2021 Events, Classes and Presentations

Friends of Gresham Japanese Garden are excited to introduce monthly workshops and classes. And…our Summer Cultural Series sponsored by the Art & Culture Grant from the city of Gresham.

If you are interested in renting the Garden space for an upcoming wedding or special event, click here.

ALL CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS WILL ADHERE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS AND GUIDELINES. YOUR SAFETY IS OUR FIRST PRIOIRTY.

Schedule

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Workshops

The Art of Bonsai – Suspended due to Covid until March

Third Thursday of every month from 1-3pm

If you are interested in a Saturday class, please email marketing@greshamjapanesegarden.com and we’ll make it happen.

bonzaiExplore the art of growing and creating Bonsai displays. Connect with nature and experience the stress-relieving benefits of this hobby.

The workshop is 2 hours and a project is completed each month to take home. Each class is a different project.

Cost – $35 ($90 for 3)

The cost includes all material and instruction. Please bring your own pruning shears and pliers to class. If you register for three classes at once, you will receive a punch card at your first class that you may use for any other class date.

Class will be held in the Resource Center (building closest to Springwater Trail).Masks will be mandatory. Please register since we need to limit the class to 9 participants.

If you are interested in a Saturday class, please email marketing@greshamjapanesegarden.com

INSTRUCTOR: MARK VOSSBRINK
Mark Vossbrink has been teaching the art of bonsai for many years. He grew up in Japan. Before retirement,  Mark owned and operated a floral business in Portland.

Ikebana for Every Season

Ikebana is one of the traditional Japanese art forms that uses plant and other materials and was established in the 15th century though the origin goes back farther.

Ikebana has three main components: the natural material (flowers, tree branches, leaves, or conifer needles), the vase, and the kendzan (a device for strengthening the stem and keeping it in the desired position). The basic aesthetic principle of Ikebana is refined simplicity, achieved by bringing out the natural beauty of the material, which determines the bouquet’s asymmetrical composition and contrasting colors and textures.

In these series of workshops, Nana Bellerud will cover the basic concept, techniques, tools and equipment, and plant care for Ikebana. Participants will make 1 basic style and 1 freestyle of Ikebana with emphasis on seasonal themes.

Participants may use the Garden’s vases and tools to experiment with, but if you want to take your creations home, you will either need to purchase our kits, or bring your own.

Cost – $55

(Includes plant material and instruction)
Starter Kit: 1 Basic container and Kensan – $25
Freestyle Container – $15
Workshop Dates:
  • Tuesday, May 4 – 1-3pm, Theme: Spring, Mother’s Day
  • Tuesday, Sept. 7 – 1-3pm, Theme: Fall
  • Tuesday, November 9 – Theme: Fall, Winter, some holiday ideas

Please bring your own pruning shears. Class will be held in the Resource Center (building closest to Springwater Trail).

Masks will be mandatory. Please register since we need to limit the class to 9 participants.

INSTRUCTOR: NANA G. BELLERUD

Nana G. Bellerud has been studying the Sogetsu School of Ikebana since 2005 and continues to be inspired and have new insights from its teachings. Nana demonstrates, exhibits, and teaches ikebana at a wide range of venues including the Portland Art Museum, Portland Japanese Garden, and Leach Botanical Garden. Through her demonstrations and workshops, she seeks to introduce others to the art of ikebana and to intrigue and inspire them. Beyond simply producing a beautiful work of art with flowers and natural objects, she shows her audience how ikebana explores artistic concepts such as balance, contrast, and negative space. Nana is currently serving as Branch Director of Sogetsu Portland and is a past President of Ikebana International Portland Chapter #47.

HISTORY

Sogetsu Ikebana is enjoyed throughout the world. The Sogetsu School stays within the family. Today it is run under the direction the 4th Iemoto Akane Teshigahara (Sofu’s granddaughter). Under her style, while the relationships existing between the elements of line, mass, space and colour remain unchanged in Sogetsu principles, she has introduced greater emphasis upon floral material and colour. Akane’s focus is on maintaining the relevance of ikebana with contemporary life.

READ MORE ABOUT THE ART OF IKEBANA

Making Hanging Baskets

Thursday, May 6, 2021

hanging basketGet ready for the Spring by decorating your house with a hanging basket. You’ll have a choice of flowers and fillers.

Class includes everything you need to create a beautiful hanging basket.

COST: $22

Class will be held at Main City Park. in the Greenhouse.

Masks will be mandatory and limited to 9 participants.

A tour of the Garden and its surroundings after the workshop will be an option to all participants.

cherie_siegmundINSTRUCTOR: CHERIE SIEGMUND, CEDARGLEN FLORAL

Making Origami Ornaments

Saturday, Dec 6, 2021

origami ornament

Just for Kids!

This workshop will take place in our temperature-controlled Greenhouse. Geared for children of all ages and abilities. Instructor Eileen is an art therapist, horticultural therapist and retired art educator will take you through the steps to creating a simple ornament to ones a little more difficult. You can make as many as you’d like within the hour and a half.

Any child under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

COST: $15

Class will be held at Main City Park. in the Greenhouse.

Masks will be mandatory and limited to 9 groups.

Making Holiday Wreaths

Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021

Get ready for the Holidays by making a beautiful wreath to hang on your front door for the holidays.

Cost includes the ring, wire, pine cones, greens, and berries to make a beautiful 22″ diameter wreath.

COST: $22

Class will be held at Main City Park. in the Greenhouse.

Masks will be mandatory and limited to 9 participants.

A tour of the Garden and its surroundings after the workshop will be an option to all!

cherie_siegmundINSTRUCTOR: CHERIE SIEGMUND, CEDARGLEN FLORAL

Classes – Free to the public

The following classes are free to the public. The Gresham Japanese Garden is committed to educating citizens to the beauty, tips, and enhancements to your yard of all levels of horticulture.

Please register and we look forward to meeting you! Questions? Email marketing@greshamjapanesegarden.com

Spring Pruning

Saturday, March 13, 2021 – 1-3pm

Blooming Iris

Jim will be covering the basics of pruning, while using examples of the plants that are in the Gresham Japanese Garden. He will also cover

  • Basics of aesthetic pruning
  • Plant grouping
  • Principals of pruning and training
  • Feeding and mulching

Class will be held at Main City Park. Meet at the Resource Center, the building closest to Springwater Trail.

Masks will be mandatory. Limited to 9 participants.

INSTRUCTOR: JIM CARD
Jim Card spent 25 years serving the residential and commercial communities as a Landscape Services business owner. He knows all there is to understand about your lawn, plantings, soil, and sprinkler systems.

Pruning was one of the main topics Jim chose to experience at MHCC in the 1980’s and after three semesters of practical pruning this art form became part of the services that were offer into his landscaping company. In his business, he also offered landscape design and the use of plants in a presentation.

The shaping of plants becomes primary to achieve the asymmetrical balance that designers hope to achieve. Within the landscape field, there are hundreds of plants of all kinds to observe. This observation is where, over time, the knowledge of plant care and plant reaction to the surrounding is found. Pruning is the care for the plant in its location and the setting that it was placed.
Currently, Jim Card is the Gresham Japanese Garden’s Director.Look to join Jim for his Fall pruning class too offered in October.

Learn How to Properly Maintain Your Lawn

April 10, 2021 – 1-3pm

Getting green, healthy grass is not easy without some TLC. This Spring lawn maintenance class will cover keeping your lawn healthy and green throughout the summer months in the northwest weather. It will also cover how to  get moss out, and what fertilizers work best for Spring, how to apply, an overview of sprinkler systems and how to water your lawn vs your plants.

Class will be held at Main City Park. Meet at the Resource Center, the building closest to Springwater Trail.

Masks will be mandatory. Limited to 9 participants.

 

Jim CardINSTRUCTOR: JIM CARD
Jim Card spent 25 years serving the residential and commercial communities as a Landscape Services business owner. He knows all there is to understand about your lawn, plantings, soil, and sprinkler systems.

Lawn grass naturally goes dormant in the summer months , but with water and fertilizer, we nudge it into a green and growing presentation that will require varying degrees of attention. In early spring the lawn needs a balanced blend of fertilizer. Learn the blend Jim recommends along with mowing tips, and tips for checking the health of your lawn.

Plan on walking away with a wealth of information. AND, sign up for our Winter Lawn Maintenance class too.

Currently, Jim Card is the Gresham Japanese Garden’s Director. He also conducts a pruning class.

Organic Vegetable Gardening

April 20, 2021 – 6:30-8:00pm

This is a free class. It will cover how to improve your garden’s health and our environment by growing organically. The class will include soil preparation, planting succession tips, companion planting, avoiding diseases, different types of composting, and elements of permaculture.

Class will be held in the Resource Center at Main City Park (building closest to Springwater Trail).

Masks will be mandatory. Limited to 9 participants.

FREE CLASS

INSTRUCTOR: JIM BUCK
Jim has been an avid gardener since childhood when he asked for plants as birthday gifts. He worked at a nursery during high school learning more about plant propagation, plant diseases, and nutritional needs. As a former school principal, Jim involved the entire school in restoring and certifying acreage behind the school as a wildlife habitat. He has a strong interest in native plants and their uses by indigenous tribes. Jim volunteers at Tsuru Island Japanese Garden and coordinates a community garden in Gresham. He also serves on the Urban Forestry Subcommittee for the city of Gresham. His perennial garden at home contains more than 150 different plant species. When not gardening, he enjoys cycling, wood turning, traveling and hiking.

Pollinators for Your Yard

May 11, 2021 – 6-7:30pm

Join us for a free class in the Gresham Japanese Garden’s greenhouse for a discussion on native host plants for butterflies and how to create a pollinator yard.

The successful transfer of pollen in and between flowers of the same plant species leads to fertilization, successful seed development, and fruit production. Learn where and how to plant milkweed and other plants to attract monarch butterflies.

Last, what plants do you need to plant to attract butterflies! Butterflies aren’t the only pollinators. Learn about keeping mason bees too.

Class will be held in the outside greenhouse behind the Resource Center (building closest to Springwater Trail). Masks will be mandatory. Limited to 9 participants.

INSTRUCTOR: DEB PETERS

Deb is a life-long avid gardener. She volunteers at Gresham Japanese Garden and is currently creating a butterfly garden in Ambleside Annex. She is also the initiator of the Troutdale Sunrise Park pollinator pilot program.

Fall Pruning

Saturday, October 16, 2021 – 1-3pm

Jim Card will be covering the basics of pruning, while using examples of the plants that are in the Gresham Japanese Garden. He will also cover

  • Basics of aesthetic pruning
  • Plant grouping
  • Principals of pruning and training
  • Feeding and mulching

Class will be held at Main City Park. Meet at the Resource Center, the building closest to Springwater Trail.

Masks will be mandatory. Limited to 9 participants.

INSTRUCTOR: JIM CARD
Jim Card spent 25 years serving the residential and commercial communities as a Landscape Services business owner. He knows all there is to understand about your lawn, plantings, soil, and sprinkler systems.

Pruning was one of the main topics Jim chose to experience at MHCC in the 1980’s and after three semesters of practical pruning this art form became part of the services that were offer into his landscaping company. In his business, he also offered landscape design and the use of plants in a presentation.

The shaping of plants becomes primary to achieve the asymmetrical balance that designers hope to achieve. Within the landscape field, there are hundreds of plants of all kinds to observe. This observation is where, over time, the knowledge of plant care and plant reaction to the surrounding is found. Pruning is the care for the plant in its location and the setting that it was placed.
Currently, Jim Card is the Gresham Japanese Garden’s Director.

Look to join Jim for his Fall lawn maintenance class too offered in November.

Learn How to Properly Maintain Your Lawn for the Winter

November 13, 2021 – 1-3pm

 

Keeping your lawn healthy through the winter months in the northwest weather is not easy. Learn from this free class taught by Jim Card how to protect your lawn for the winter, keep the moss out and what fertilizers to use and when.

Class will be held at Main City Park. Meet at the Resource Center, the building closest to Springwater Trail.

Masks will be mandatory. Limited to 9 participants.

 

Jim CardINSTRUCTOR: JIM CARD
Jim Card spent 25 years serving the residential and commercial communities as a Landscape Services business owner. He knows all there is to understand about your lawn, plantings, soil, and sprinkler systems.

Lawn grass naturally goes dormant in the summer months , but with water and fertilizer, we nudge it into a green and growing presentation that will require varying degrees of attention. In early spring the lawn needs a balanced blend of fertilizer. Learn the blend Jim recommends along with mowing tips, and tips for checking the health of your lawn.

Plan on walking away with a wealth of information. AND, sign up for our Spring Lawn Maintenance class too.

Currently, Jim Card is the Gresham Japanese Garden’s Director. He also conducts a pruning class.

Upcoming Workshops