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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.

Developing Ambleside Annex

Developing Ambleside Annex

The History of Ambleside The name Ambleside comes from the Ambleside housing area built in the 1900s off of the Springwater Trail, Johnson Creek by the brick plant on Hogan. One of the streets was called Ambleside. People from the Portland used the Ambleside housing...

Organic Vegetable Gardening: A Beginner’s Guide

Organic Vegetable Gardening: A Beginner’s Guide

There's something quaint about gardening. And it isn't just touching the earth; it's the intimacy of tending to plant life. More and more people are gravitating towards starting their own gardens not just for hobby's sake, but also for sustainability. Home gardening...

Pollinators: Nature’s Gardeners

Pollinators: Nature’s Gardeners

As children, we've been fascinated by birds, bees, and flowers, knowing little about their interrelation in nature. But as we mature, our fascination evolves into deep admiration and respect for the complex yet beautiful part they take in pollination. Whether it's the...


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