Visiting Tsuru Island
During COVID, masks are recommended. The Garden is small and there is only egress.
The four decades-old Japanese Garden, is 3/4 of an acre — but, it feels expansive. Broadleaf evergreens, pruned pines, vivid azaleas and bouncy groundcover are contained on an island created by the convergence of Davis Creek and Johnson Creek. The Garden sits on 21 acres inside Main City Park. Stroll past the shallow stream and pay attention to the intentionally irregular stone path, and you may feel temporarily transported.
Since the garden re-opened in 2010, citizen visits have increased substantially. Although we do not have a ticket system that allows an exact attendance count by the hour or by the day, we can see the increase at certain times of the day and general feedback from people when they stop to say “thank you”.
Watching the people come and go during the week or on the weekend allows one to realize that they are not just coming to the garden while visiting the park but rather they are visiting the park while coming to the garden — it is the destination.
Garden In Color
Plants, trees, shrubs, groundcover show their optimum character at different times of the year. Garden In Color takes you on a monthly journey featuring the plants that really stand out amongst the others in Gresham’s Japanese Garden.
The Interactive Garden, or endearingly named “Jim’s Garden Notes” allows viewers to view the garden from 26 different view points. Each viewpoint documents the plant material, date and time of day, along with a description of what you’re viewing. You can download the PDFs and take them with you the next time you visit the Japanese Garden.
Hours of Operation
Main City Park and Tsuru Island are FREE and open daily from sunrise to sunset. This is a public garden created and maintained by dedicated volunteers. We ask that all visitors to follow our rules so everyone can continue to enjoy our treasure.
- Stay on the path.
- No bikes
- No smoking
- No sitting on the ropes
- Respect the barriers that controls access
- Please be respectful of others enjoyment of the garden
- Strollers are requested to be left outside the garden area
- Dogs must be on leash and clean up after your dog
- Food is allowed in the garden
Finding Gresham Japanese Garden is quite simple. Head to Historic Downtown Gresham and enter through Main City Park off of Powell Blvd and Main Street.
Garden tours are typically given by the Japanese Garden’s lead gardener, Jim Card. Tours are available for groups larger than five people and are by appointment only. Donations are appreciated.