• ONE-DAY REGISTRATION: Day 1- Skills Development Workshop

ONE-DAY REGISTRATION: Day 1- Skills Development Workshop

  • Friday, August 07, 2015
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
  • Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul, MN


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Broad vision and acute attention to details are both required to keep the Japanese garden looking its best all year round and for many years to come.  

In this workshop, participants will learn the required gardener tasks for the different seasons of the year and how to establish specific goals that will enhance the presentation of the Japanese garden. 

The workshop will cover the following: 

Session 1: Maintaining a High Quality Japanese Garden. Attention to required garden tasks throughout the year will be covered by explanation and hands-on participation. Session include shearing of karikomi (wave planting), deciduous tree pruning, pine maintenance and other tasks. Also includes explanation and use of required tools. 

Session 2: Introduction to the Tea Garden. An examination of the elements of the tea garden and tea house, including design theory, construction and maintenance. 

Session 3: Tobi-ishi (stepping stones) & Nobedan (stone paving). Hands-on practice of the proper layout and installation of stepping stones as well as construction of a short section of nobedan. Special consideration will be given of nobedan construction with or without mortar. Session includes an explanation of required tools and instruction on selecting the preferred types of stone for garden paving. 

Session 4: Working with Bamboo. This session will draw on the two main bamboo features at Como Park's main garden and tea garden: the nanako fencing used to keep guests on the path, and the yotsume gaki used to surround the area of the tea garden. Participants will learn to prepare, cut, split and tie the bamboo. Explanation of tools specific to working with the bamboo will also be presented. 

*Total of 3.0 CEU credits for all four (4) sessions - Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD).