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The Japanese Garden tour is full!

Join GRiT on an extra special tour of green infrastructure, including green roofs, at the Japanese Garden. The tour is free, and is limited to 20 participants. To register and for more information, please email GRiT at

Showcasing Japanese traditional gardening techniques for managing water, a beautiful green infrastructure system blends seamlessly into the landscape while addressing modern stormwater requirements. Using a Japanese porous ceramic paver called Greenbiz, a thin profile second story ecoroof absorbs rainfall, echoes a traditional Japanese farmhouse, and visually merges into the forest.  Water not absorbed by the ecoroofs is collected and daylights in an ephemeral creek which slowly winds down the hillside around buildings, under bridges, and along pathways. 

The tour is on Nov 28th, from 3 pm to 4 pm.  

Our tour guide is Desirae Wood, who is trained as both a Japanese and master gardener.  Desirae, a registered Landscape Architect in Training, is the project manager at the Portland Japanese Garden, and runs her own design firm, Dobro Design. 

The tour is free, but registration is required. This small, intimate tour is open to 20 people, so register early.  To register, send an email with your name and contact information to