Portland Japanese Garden // (c) 2011 Laura Guimond
Stones, plants and water are the essential physical elements of a traditional Japanese garden. But it's a more indefinable element - the gardener's intention to work in harmony with nature - that results in a space where visitors find a sense of wholeness and repose. That in mind, the Portland Japanese Garden is showcasing the ideal of harmony with nature throughout 2011 with a series of lectures and exhibits on sustainability.
The lectures, presented by notable authorities, include insights from traditional Japan on living simply.
The exhibitions, which explore the Japanese notion of living in harmony with nature, start on Jan. 28 with Ishimoto Yasuhiro's photographs of the integration of Katsura Imperial Villa and its gardens.
The Portland Japanese Garden has been proclaimed one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Encompassing five acres and offering five garden styles, the garden includes a Japanese teahouse, meandering streams, intimate walkways and an unsurpassed view of Mount Hood.