This session will emphasize understanding how a plant adopts to a natural calendar  --- particularly the way its species translated adverse conditions in its natural environment into a survival asset --- in order to effectively plan its long-term management in the human-controlled environment of a garden. Some guidelines will be provided on how to determine this natural calendar and how gardeners can establish and benefit from this knowledge. 

This session will look at how concepts and techniques in aesthetic pruning, a practice closely associated with the Japanese garden culture, can benefit tree and shrub pruning practices in the urban environments of today.  
The timeless and dynamic qualities of the sukiya style will be explored in this session, with a particular emphasis on how skilled craftsmen are best positioned to thoughtfully incorporate this style to 21st century homes.

KEYNOTE SESSION: The Spirit of the Kyoto Garden Craftsman: Fostering Scenery, Connecting Time & Space

PRESENTER: Dr. Tomoki Kato, Akane Isii & Hugo Torii (Ueyakato Landscape Co.)
DATE / TIME: October 18, 9 AM to 10:30 PM  
VENUE: Alsdorf Auditorium, CBG    

Lessons from Extreme Climates: Developing Garden Sustainability

PRESENTERS: Ardie Apostolos (Green Concepts Group, LLC.) & Edzard Teubert (Fuzei Gardens & Tree Service, Ltd.)
DATE / TIME: October 17, 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM  
VENUE:  Alsdorf Auditorium, CBG        

Aesthetic Pruning: The Japanese Garden and Beyond

PRESENTER: Greg Kitajima (Aesthetic Pruners' Association)                                                                       DATE / TIME:  October 17, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
VENUE: Alsdorf Auditorium, CBG

Modern Sukiya for the Western Home 

PRESENTER: Craig Klucina (Plane- Spoken)           DATE / TIME: October 17, 11 AM to 12 PM         VENUE: Pullman Room, CBG

Sukiya Architecture as a Key Element in the North American Japanese Garden 

PRESENTER: Hiroo Kurano (Kurano Associates, Inc.)     DATE / TIME: October 17, 9 AM to 10 AM  
VENUE: Pullman Room, CBG

This session will trace the trans-continental journey of the sukiya tradition from its original context within the tea ceremony culture, its regeneration in modern Japanese architecture and its detailed implementation in two US Japanese gardens, taking into account the cultural and climate challenges encountered.

Surprising Resonance: Classical Architecture and the Japanese Garden 
PRESENTER: Jenna Perstlinger                             DATE / TIME: October 17, 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM VENUE: Linnaeus Room, CBG      

This session will help contextualize the aesthetics of the Japanese garden within the larger academic fields of art, architecture and landscape design by exploring and highlighting similarities in pedagogical methods, design vocabulary and visual dynamics between the two styles.

WORKSHOP - The Creative Process: How To Find the Big Idea and Create Gardens With Impact

PRESENTER: Dr. David Slawson                                                      DATE / TIME: October 18, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM  
VENUE:  Linnaeus Room, CBG

Through exercises and actual examples, this workshop will instruct attendees on how to use sources of inspiration to find their big idea and apply Japanese garden compositional techniques to maximize the qualities of landforms, rocks and plants and turn any site into a compelling and natural-looking landscape experience.

*1.5 CEUs - Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP - The Phoenix Rises: Small Stone Design, Aesthetic Pruning and Moss Gardening at Chicago's Historic Garden of the Phoenix                                                     Presenters: John Powell, Hironori Kamoshita (Kamo Spaceworks Ltd.), Mary Ann Lewis (Aesthetic Pruners Association),  Grant Foerster (Aesthetic Pruners' Association), Richard Smith, Dale Sievert, Greg Kitajima (Aesthetic Pruners' Association), Peter Thomas Bowyer (Aesthetic Pruners' Association)                        DATE / TIME : October 15, 9 AM to 4 PM
VENUE : Garden of the Phoenix, Jackson Park, Chicago

This workshop will provide participants a unique opportunity to be a part of revitalizing a historic Japanese garden in the Chicago area, the Garden of the Phoenix (formerly known as Osaka Garden).  It is divided into three segments tackling small stone applications for pathways and nobedan, aesthetic pruning for specimen trees and moss gardening.

*3.0 CEUs - Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)

Kisihinen: Video Work on Creating A Contemporary Civic Japanese Garden

PRESENTERS: Makoto Suzuki & Simmon Sato (Center for International Japanese Garden Studies, Tokyo University of Agriculture)
DATE / TIME: October 18, 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
VENUE: Alsdorf Auditorium, CBG


WORKSHOP: Turning Light Into Delight: Tradition, Design and Repair of Shoji                                           
PRESENTER: Jay Van Arsdale (Daiku Dojo)                           DATE / TIME: October 17, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
VENUE : Pullman Room, CBG

This session will offer essential history and knowledge of an intrinsic element of traditional Japanese architecture based on the experience of a long-time shoji maker, designer and user.  Areas to be covered during the talk and demonstration include the different  shoji types and uses, joinery and papering, modern adaptation and what the customer should look out for, in terms of quality and design suitability.

 WORKSHOP - Improvements in the Evolution of a Maturing Garden:Observing Sansho-en With New Eyes                          PRESENTERS: Sadafumi Uchiyama (Portland Japanese Garden), Takeshi Kato (Ueyakato Landscape Co., Ltd.), Hironori Kamoshita (Kamo Spaceworks, Ltd.), Tim Gruner (Anderson Japanese Garden) 
DATE / TIME: October 16, 11 AM to 2:30 PM
VENUE: Burnstein Hall and Elizabeth Hubert Mallott (Sansho-en) Japanese Garden, CBG 

The Andon Lantern: Updating Traditional Lighting in the Japanese Garden

PRESENTERS: Desirae Williams & Sadafumi Uchiyama (Portland Japanese Garden); Hiroshi Kira & Satoshi Suzuki (HK Lighting Group)               DATE / TIME: October 16, 3 PM to 4:30 PM  
VENUE: Linnaeus Room, CBG 

The focus of this session will be the history of  lighting as a design element in the traditional Japanese garden and culture and its evolving presence in the North American setting. It will cover philosophical, technical and practical considerations for lighting the Japanese garden of today and will explore a collaboration model between a public Japanese garden and a commercial company.

Creating A Nine-Acre Japanese Garden at the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park 

PRESENTER: David Hooker (Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park)

DATE / TIME: October 17, 11 AM to 12 PM  
VENUE : Alsdorf Auditorium, CBG 

This session will provide a background of The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden as part of the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and discuss how it is being built and how it will be sustained over time. 
As the 8th-generation head of a garden design company in Kyoto, the presenter will focus on long-term Japanese garden maintenance and how his team of craftsmen not only build but foster the garden over a long period of time, a process much like raising a child through generations and centuries of daily work. 

*1.5 CEUs - Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)

Keeping Koi Healthy 

PRESENTER: Richard Heimberger (Healthy Pond)
DATE / TIME: October 18, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
VENUE: Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, CBG

Showing the creation in 2013 of a new public Japanese garden, the Kisihinen, in Tokyo, this video presentation will offer some practical insights on video recording as it relates to the dynamic process of building a garden.  
As a Japanese garden matures, certain elements can lose their visual or practical value and may become problematic.  This workshop will identify a few of the most common problems that can easily be overlooked unless viewed with fresh eyes. Leading the workshop is a respected team of professionals who will identify and address the three most common problems in a maturing Japanese garden: vegetation, water and stone. The workshop will begin with a discussion about these three elements, followed by a visit into Sansho-en (Japanese garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden), where real and potential problems will be identified and suggestions made on how to address these issues. Attendees will leave with a better sense of how to identify real or potential problems that might exist in their gardens, as well as potential solutions to those problems.  

*1.75 CEUs - Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)
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 This presentation begins with the premise that all koi health problems are highly environmental. The speaker will review the basic aspects in koi preventive and remedial health care including habitat management, koi husbandry and troubleshooting.

Moss Gardening: Best Practices and a Virtual Tour of Japan and North America's Best Garden Examples  

PRESENTERS: Dale Sievert & Richard Smith 
DATE / TIME: October 16, 3 PM to 4:30 PM  
VENUE: Burnstein Hall, CBG

This session will introduce attendees to moss gardening and the critical issues in establishing and maintaining one. The evaluation criteria for adding a moss garden in a Japanese garden, the most common mosses used in this garden setting and their distinguishing characteristics will also be discussed.  Attendees will be inspired by a virtual tour of the oldest and most successful moss gardens of Japan and North America.