June 2018 Lecture

June 2018 Lecture

Michael Ellena

Owner, Ellena Gardens Ltd

Anderson Japanese Gardens: The Early Years – 1978 to 1990

Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 PM

FREE for Premium Garden Members | $5 for Basic and Non-Members

The program will explore the early garden site, its development and transition to a public garden and the first major project, the construction of the 2,000 square foot  Sukiya style guest house and the people who made it happen.


Michael Ellena has been a landscape professional for 40 years, designing, building, maintaining and managing gardens.  He is a graduate of Illinois State University with a B.S. in Art.  His study of ceramics was his introduction to the Japanese aesthetic.  He served as the General Manager of Anderson Gardens from 1984 to 1997, during which time the transition from a private residential garden to a public garden took place.  He worked with Hoichi Kurisu from 1997 to 2004 at Kurisu International in Portland, Oregon, in many capacities. In 2004 he started his own firm, Ellena Gardens Ltd., specializing in high end residential landscape maintenance, specimen pruning and garden design.  His hobbies are kayaking, hiking, gardening (all flavors) and spending time with family & friends.