Gardens in History: Japanese Gardens


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Throughout garden history Japanese gardens have been revered for their flawless design details and inspirational compositions, properties which have elevated them from mere gardens to havens of peace, serenity and introspection.

Join landscape horticulturalist and master gardener Susan Hawkins as we explore the history, philosophy, horticulture and design elements of Japanese gardens including Zen gardens, tea gardens and stroll gardens. We will examine some of the best-known Japanese Gardens of Victoria and Vancouver including; Butchart Gardens, Hatley Park, Gorge Rd. Park, the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, and the Nitobe Gardens at UBC. This course will also provide practical knowledge for today’s gardeners on water features, placing stones, specific design techniques, selecting plant material and inspiration to create your own magnificent garden sanctuary whether in a pot, patio or a yard.

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