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About Us

“Thank you for your interest in the Portland Japanese Garden. It’s an exciting time of growth for us both as a garden and an organization. Our plans include a continued commitment to preserving the Garden’s beauty and tranquility, more community involvement, and a greener approach to gardening. Please explore our web site to discover what makes this place so special. Then come and visit to see for yourself why the Portland Japanese Garden is one of the finest in the world. We look forward to seeing you soon.”

Stephen D. Bloom, Chief Executive Officer

Our Organization

The Portland Japanese Garden is a private, not-for-profit organization funded entirely by donations, membership, memorials, grants, gate admissions, and gift store sales. It was formed in the early 1960s by Portland citizens interested in promoting a more intimate relationship between the peoples of Japan and our city and state. In 1958, Portland became a sister city to Sapporo, Japan. This created a broad interest in Japanese culture. Soon after, several business leaders and Mayor Terry Shrunk decided it would be wonderful for Portland to have a traditional Japanese garden.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Portland Japanese Garden is to create, maintain, improve, and administer an authentic, world-class Japanese garden in the city of Portland and to offer compatible educational, cultural, artistic, horticultural, environmental, and charitable activities.

Our Core Values

We believe in and strive for:

  • Inspiration, serenity, tranquility, and the aestheticism of nature.
  • Excellence in the management and maintenance of the garden.
  • Japanese culture, tradition, and aesthetics.
  • Cultural authenticity directed to the needs of diverse local, national, and international communities.
  • Environmental awareness and conservation, and the pursuit of environmental sustainability in the operation of the Garden.
  • Mutual respect and harmony within the board, staff, membership, and with surrounding communities.

Our Goals

  • Goal 1: Develop unparalleled standards for ongoing maintenance and future enhancement
  • Goal 2: Create educational and cultural programs and collections of the highest quality
  • Goal 3: Carry out exemplary environmental practices and programs
  • Goal 4: Develop inspirational collaboration with local, national, and international communities

Our Plans

For more information on the Portland Japanese Garden and how we are reaching our goals, please ask about our long range strategic plan.