Saturday, July 4, 2020

Tanabata, the Star Festival
June 29-July 8, 2020 • Garden Hours
Japanese Garden, Portland, OR

When visiting the Garden between June 29 and July 8, you’ll find a colorful display of tanzaku, or wish strips, hanging from bamboo in the Garden’s Bamboo Allee. This is in celebration of Tanabata, the Star Festival. This tradition of writing wishes or prayers comes from the Edo period, when children were encouraged to practice their writing and hang them from bamboo for all to see. Tanabata is one of five seasonal festivals celebrated in Japan since the 8th century.

According to an old Chinese folk legend, Vega the Weaver Star and Altair, the Cowherder Star were lovers. Because of an angry god, they were allowed to see each other just once a year after crossing the Milky Way on the 7th night of the 7th month.

Art in the Garden
July–September 2020
The Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR

Presented by Capitol Subaru. Help us celebrate another year of Art in the Garden on opening weekend (July 11th & 12th) and enjoy a complimentary mimosa. 2020 Featured Artists: Susan Wheeler, Glass Garden; Lorraine Garcy, Copper Field of Flowers; Kay Sims, Portals and Other Shapes; Susan Murray, Flowers for all Seasons; Judy Kunkle, Windows to the Garden; Lauren Wingert, Glass in Bloom; Bud Egger, Heron.

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