2022 Workshops, Classes and Performances

Friends of Gresham Japanese Garden are excited to introduce monthly workshops and classes.

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

Schedule

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Workshops

The Art of Bonsai

Third Thursday and Third Saturday of every month from 1-3pm.

(The Thursday workshop opened up 3/22)

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.

The cost includes all material and instruction. Please bring your own pruning shears, or snippers and pliers to class.

Class will be held in the Resource Center (building closest to Springwater Trail). Registration is mandatory.

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). Containers and kensan will be available to borrow for the class.
2022 Workshop Dates: All classes are on Tuesdays from 1-3pm
  • Tuesday, January 11
  • Tuesday, March 8
  • Tuesday, May 10
  • Saturday, July 23
  • Tuesday, September 6
  • Tuesday, November 8

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

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

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Origami for Everyone

Origami has a long history, and it’s interesting to learn that paper folding is done all over the world! Origami USA is our national organization that has conventions and information for all.

Origami provides a a relaxing and rewarding experience as the sequences of folds are learned. Both children and adults can learn how to fold many models that include geometric boxes, animals, insects and designs using beautiful colored and patterned papers.

Cost – $20 (Includes all supplies and instruction)

Classes will be held in the Resource Center. Children under 8 years old are free and must be accompanied by an adult.
Main City Park
219 S. Main Street
Gresham, OR 97080

Workshop Dates:
Please note: Registration closes a week before this workshop. Register early!

  • Monday, August 8, 2022: 6-7:15pm
  • Monday, Sept 12, 2022: 6-7:15pm
  • Monday, Oct 10 2022: 6-7:15pm
  • Monday, Dec 12 2022: 6-7:15pm

    MUST REGISTER AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE THE WORKSHOP.

INSTRUCTOR: EILEEN HOLZMAN
Eileen Holzman, artist, retired art educator (taught art in NJ public schools), and art therapist has taught origami to all ages and in schools, libraries, senior centers and in homes where domestic abuse survivors lived.

2022 Classes

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

Saturday, March 19, 2022 – 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.

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.

Organic Vegetable Gardening

April 4, 2022 – IN PERSON: 6:30-8pm

RESCHEDULED: April 14, 2022 – ZOOM: 6:30-8pm

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86010681569?pwd=aUVLcU5CL3orOElVcUNvY0p3NWViQT09

Meeting ID: 860 1068 1569
Passcode: 456440

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).

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 21st – 1-2:30pm

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).

 

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.

Takohachi Community Group Drum Performance:

August 27th
Performances at: 11:30am and 1pm

Join us for an entertaining time watching Takohachi Community Group beat and dance to their Japanese drums. If you’ve never watched or listened to taiko drums, you’re missing a treat.

Join us. Two performances offered. Free in Main City Park outside the Coho Pavilion.

Fall Pruning Fundamentals

Saturday, October 22, 2022 – 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.

 

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.

Upcoming Classes & Workshops