About Ann

Ann was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in the suburb of Milwaukie—home of the Bing cherry! She’s a fifth-generation Oregonian and is descended from Albert Alberse Terhune, an early inhabitant of New Amsterdam, who arrived in North America in 1637. She is a graduate of Portland State University and has a BA in art history and English literature.

Her interest in Ikebana began as a child. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest she has always been surrounded by Japanese-American culture. As a young girl, she deeply cherished visits to the Portland Japanese Garden, and she was excited when she was granted the opportunity to work as an ESL mentor to Japanese exchange students while she was still in high school.

Currently, she lives at the base of Mount Tabor in SE Portland. Whenever possible, she goes on adventures which almost always end at Japanese restaurants wherever she lands along the West Coast. Most of the time though she is at home working with her plants, and is drumming up posts for her blog Amateur Bot-ann-ist .

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