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Garden Lectures

For almost half a century, the Portland Japanese Garden has served as a resource for members of this community who want to learn more about Japanese art, culture, history, and horticulture. Lectures at the Garden cover a broad range of subjects.

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more.”

– John Burroughs, American naturalist (1837-1921)

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Past Events

Zen and Japanese Culture: A Lecture by Reverend Daiko Matsuyama


July 23, 2016

Bonsai Demonstration: Colorado Spruce and Coastal Oak—Using Aesthetics to Express Environment in Design


June 5, 2016

Bonsai Demonstration: Rocky Mountain Juniper—Redefining the Natural Line


May 29, 2016

Lecture: Tsunagu, Kengo Kuma’s Architecture of Relationships


February 6, 2016

Seminar Week: Shodo Calligraphy Demonstration by Harada Roshi (Sold Out)


February 24, 2015

Seminar Week: Lecture by Hoichi Kurisu “Japanese Garden Space: Responding to the Individual and Collective Needs of Our Times”


February 22, 2015

Seminar Week: Lecture by Kimiko Gunji, “Traditional Arts and the Japanese Garden”


February 14, 2015

Lecture: The Japanese Garden: Waza to Kokoro, A Gift of Hands and Hearts by Professor Isoya Shinji


September 13, 2014

The Silence of the Sengu

Peter Grilli
January 11, 2014

A Distant View: The Porcelain Sculpture of Sueharu Fukami

Dr. Shinya Maezaki
October 5, 2013

Isamu Noguchi, The Sculpting of Space

Marc Treib
May 16, 2013

Photographing Japanese Gardens

David Cobb
April 12, 2013

Ito Jakuchu: From Green Grocer to Master Painter

Dr. Yoshiaki Shimizu
January 31, 2013

Wild in the City: Exploring the Intertwine

Mike Houck
October 25, 2012

Contemplative Photography

Andy Karr
September 13, 2012

Health Benefits of Gardens

Teresia Hazen
July 11, 2012

Anna Tamura

Anna Tamura
March 22, 2012

A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance

Andy Couturier
October 27, 2011

Healing Nature: Sensory Engagement and “Sense of Place”

Vince Healy
June 30, 2011

Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan

Azby Brown
January 28, 2011

Beyond the Bubble: Current Trends in Japanese Architecture

Botond Bognar
October 21, 2010

The Japanese Garden in the 21st Century: An Evolving Art of Healing

Hoichi Kurisu
July 22, 2010

The Wonderful World of Japanese Maples

Talon Buchholz
April 9, 2010

In Search of an Unknown Garden

Ron Herman
March 18, 2010

Japanese and Asian Plants

Sean Hogan
January 28, 2010