Portland Japanese Garden Hosts Mother’s Day Weekend Activities
by Kerry Cobb
May 2, 2010

Mother’s Day is always special at the Portland Japanese Garden and this year proves no exception. Families and friends are welcome to stroll through the Garden to experience this most special of settings during the spring, and trained guides will be stationed throughout the Garden to answer questions about the Garden’s plants, history, and culture. The Garden Gift Store will have many special items just for moms as well.

During Mother’s Day weekend, May 8-9, the Bonsai Society of Portland (BSOP) will hold its annual Spring Bonsai Exhibition at the Garden. The show will include dozens of bonsai from members’ private collections, presenting conifer, deciduous, fruiting, and flowering species in sizes ranging from large three-feet-tall specimens to tiny shohin trees small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. In addition, displays with scrolls, stones, and accent plants will be on view, including a traditional Japanese tokonoma alcove display. There will also be an educational table and live demonstrations throughout both days of the exhibition where visitors may ask questions and watch BSOP members at work. Along with the Spring Exhibition, BSOP members will hold a marketplace with bonsai supplies, tools, and materials for sale. Materials include trees that have some styling as well as starter trees and raw field-grown material, including pines, maples, junipers, elms, azaleas, and many others. Vendors will also have bonsai pots, wire, soils, accent plants, and specialty tools available for bonsai artists of all levels of experience—from novice to expert.

The Portland Japanese Garden has been proclaimed one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in the world. The Garden is located above Washington Park at 611 SW Kingston Drive in SW Portland, Oregon and is open daily except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

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