Portland, OR. The Portland Japanese Garden held its first in-person event in well over a year on July 10th. Steve Bloom, CEO of Portland Japanese Garden visited with Lani McGregor and Dan Schwoerer at the reception for special donors. The Golden Crane Recognition Society members were honored for their, “support, passion, and dedication to the Garden.” (Photo credit, Jonathan Ley)

Organizers explain that the event was an open house-style evening with guided architectural tours, music, quiet strolls through the garden, and the opportunity to safely reconnect with friends surrounded by nature’s peace and beauty. At the reception, Steve Bloom, CEO of Portland Japanese Garden told guests about the Garden’s future programming.

Janeese Jackson and Ross Lienhart at the reception which took place in the Atsuhiko & Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Cultural Village.

Tiffany and Eric Rosenfeld stroll through the Ellie M. Hill Bonsai Terrace.

Guests taking in the latest art exhibition, Painting Paradise: Art of Daisuke Nakano, at the Pavilion Gallery.

Guests of the Golden Crane Annual Reception admiring the koi through the Zig-Zag Bridge.

From Portland Japanese Garden:

The Garden sits nestled in the hills of Portland, Oregon’s iconic Washington Park, overlooking the city and providing a tranquil, urban oasis for locals and travelers alike. Designed in 1963, it encompasses 12 acres with eight separate garden styles and includes an authentic Japanese Tea House, meandering streams, intimate walkways, and a spectacular view of Mt. Hood. This is a place to discard worldly thoughts and concerns and see oneself as a small but integral part of the universe.

Born out of a hope that the experience of peace can contribute to long-lasting peace. Born out of a belief in the power of cultural exchange. Born out of a belief in the excellence of craft, evidence in the Garden itself, and the activities that come from it. Born out of a realization that all of these things are made more real and possible if we honor our connection to nature.