, February 3-7, 2020

Wishing Tree
January 25-February 5, 2020
• 12:00pm-2:00pm (Mon-Fri); 10:00am-2:00pm (Sat-Sun)
Lan Su Garden, Portland, OR

Chinese wishing trees, money trees, and hong bao trees are a big part of Chinese New Year festivities. Every year, billions of people around the world gather to toss their red ribbons up into the wishing tree with hope that it will stick and their wish will come true for good fortune in the coming year. Visitors will have an opportunity to toss a wish for prosperity, happiness and longevity into the wishing tree at Lan Su. Your wish (if you're lucky!) will stay in the wishing tree, but you can learn how to make your own wishing ribbons for use at home at this event. Free with membership or admission. Chinese New Year is the most popular time to visit the garden. Plan for the best visit by purchasing your tickets ahead of time and arriving early for your favorite activities.

A Systematic Process for Simplifying Plant Problem Diagnosis*
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 • 6:50pm
Griffith Park Building, Beaverton, OR

Presenter: Neil Bell, Community Horticulturist, OSU Extension, Marion/Polk Counties. *Class is approved for one-hour MG Education Credit. Any plant in any garden can develop problems from time to time. The vast array of plants that we grow and the multitude of potential causes of problems can make the search for the reason for stress daunting. This presentation describes a systematic process to make that search a bit easier.

Location: City of Beaverton Griffith Park Building, 4755 SW Griffith Drive, Room 330, Beaverton, OR 97005. Free event, free parking, no registration needed.

New Year Lantern Viewing Evenings
Thursday-Sunday, February 6-9, 2020 • 6:00-8:00pm
Lan Su Garden, Portland, OR

Celebrate the end of Lan Su’s Chinese New Year Celebration with four evenings of traditional lantern viewings, when the garden glows with hanging red lanterns illuminating sweeping roof lines and the lake reflects the lights of a large illuminated 20-ft Dragon lantern sculpture and lotus lanterns!

During the evenings, the Portland Lee's Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team will perform traditional Chinese Lion Dance followed by a lighted dragon procession. In addition, attendees can participate in the popular Wishing Tree activity, Eight Treasure chopstick challenge and calligraphy demonstrations — all a part of these special evenings.

The Teahouse will offer open seating (no reserved seats) and a $10 minimum per person (gratuity not included).
Complimentary hot cider for will be provided.

Curator’s Talk: Spirits Rising
Friday, February 7, 2020 • 5:00pm-7:00pm
Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, OR

Enjoy light refreshments while learning directly from our curator as she presents a slide lecture focusing on the artist and a selection of works on display. For Golden Crane, Patron, and Steward members only. Reservations are required. Location: Cathy Rudd Cultural Corner.

The exhibition Spirits Rising includes a selection of photographs from Ishiuchi Miyako’s monumental hiroshima series, documenting cherished items and clothing left behind by victims of the atomic bomb detonated in Hiroshima at the close of World War II that are now housed at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The subjects are captured in her unique, moving style that resurrects and gives voice to those who suffered and died on that fateful day, bringing to life a renewed appeal for humanity and global peace.

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