The Portland Classical Chinese Garden

Between NW 2nd and 3rd and NW Everett and Flanders in Old Town/Chinatown, Portland Oregon, USA

Portland Classical Chinese Garden presents Australian botanist Peter Valder

November 7th, 2005

Portland Classical Chinese Garden presents Australian botanist Peter Valder

The Portland Classical Chinese Garden is pleased to bring Australian botanist and award winning author Peter Valder to Portland. Peter will offer two presentations based on his research of Chinese horticulture and gardens from a historical perspective and frequent trips to China to photograph and document traditional Chinese garden plants in classical settings.
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In Gardens of China, Peter will survey China’s vast imperial gardens, temple grounds, and the classical gardens that have recently garnered so much attention in the West. With a beautifully orchestrated slide show, Peter will introduce these sites through the eyes of European explorers. In Our Debt to Chinese Gardeners, Valder will discuss the impact of China on gardens in the West, principally through the introduction of its cultivated plants. These plants were originally obtained from nurseries and private collections in China’s south and sent around the world on tea clippers in the 19th century. These two presentations are for everyone who grows or receives pleasure from Chinese plants, paintings and decorative arts as well as those intrigued with garden history.
Peter’s career as a botanist and mycologist has afforded him travels to gardens in Indonesia, Malaya, Thailand, Laos, Burma and China in search of plants suited to the Australian climate.  His enthusiasm for plants is reflected in his stewardship of his family’s garden, Nooroo, at Mt Wilson, New South Wales. Established in 1880, it is one of Australia’s most admired gardens. In recognition of his work, the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney

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awarded him the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1995. Peter will be signing his books, The Garden Plants of China and Gardens in China following each presentation.

Registration begins on October 4th. Call 503.228.8131 x2001. Cost is $8 Garden members/ $12 general public. The Portland Classical Chinese Garden thanks The Allen Foundation for the Arts for their support in bringing Peter Valder to Portland.
The Portland Classical Chinese Garden is located in Old Town/Chinatown at NW 3rd and Everett. Admission is $7 general, $6 senior, $5.50 student, and children 5 and younger are free. Summer hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday from April 1 to October 31. Winter hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm November 1 to March 31.