The Central Gorge Master Gardener Association will hold a celebration on May 17, 2019 at 3 o’clock in the afternoon to commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of the Japanese Heritage Garden at 2990 Experiment Station Drive in Hood River, Ore.
Located between the Oregon State University Extension Service office and the Experiment Station at the Mid-Columbia Agriculture Research and Extension Center, this garden honors the important role of the Japanese American community in the development of agriculture in the Hood River Valley. This site is particularly significant as it looks out upon lands which the Issei, the first generation Japanese settlers, were instrumental in developing.
The 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Japanese Heritage Garden will consist of a program that will feature short talks by the originator of the Garden, former Central Gorge Master Gardener, Rita Saling; renowned Japanese Garden designer and Curator of the Portland Japanese Garden, Sadafumi Uchiyama; and readings by local descendants of Japanese Hood River Valley residents who were interned during World War II. The program will culminate with a performance by the Portland Taiko.
Refreshments will be served at a reception with a Japanese motif following the program. Japanese Flower Arrangements, arranged by the Odell Garden Club, will be on display, and a video of the garden in several seasons will be playing.
The Japanese Heritage Garden is a project of the Central Gorge Master Gardener Association which operates under the direction of the Oregon State University Extension Service in Hood River County. For more information on the Japanese Heritage Garden in Hood River, visit http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/cgmga/