Cultural Crossing: Building the International Institute for Japanese Garden Arts and Culture 

PRESENTERS: Stephen Bloom, Diane Durston, Sadafumi Uchiyama (Portland Japanese Garden), Makoto Suzuki (Tokyo University of Agriculture)
DATE / TIME: October 18, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM VENUE: Alsdorf Auditorium, CBG                                                                              

From Best Practices to Next Practices:  Education Programs To Emulate From Top Japanese Gardens in North America

PRESENTERS: Mary Plunkett & Amy Wells (Chicago Botanic Garden), Diane Durston (Portland Japanese Garden), Luanne Kanzawa (Japanese Friendship Garden Society in San Diego), Wendy Lo (Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens), Alison Redfoot (Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden), Jennifer Hartley (Missouri Botanical Garden)
DATE / TIME: October 17, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
VENUE: Linnaeus Room, CBG


Six Japanese gardens in North America will share an overview of an outstanding innovation that each of them are implementing as part of the gardens' educational programming:

  • Chicago Botanic Garden - A one-week, Japanese-themed summer camp for 3rd and 4th graders
  • Portland Japanese Garden - Thematic art exhibits in the garden that utilize novel perspectives to present a theme.  
  • Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego - Technology-driven scavenger hunt in the garden using haiku as clues.
  • Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens - Journaling as part of Morikami's "Stroll for Well-Being" program.
  • Missouri Botanical Garden - The cross-curricular Asian Garden program that features math and literacy concepts, as well as science and culture. 
  • Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden - The garden as a place of imagination and wellness for people with sight impairment. 

Traditional Teachings, the Japanese Garden and Well-being 

PRESENTER: Donna Kobayashi (Shin-ka LLC)                           DATE / TIME: October 16 , 3 PM to 4:30 PM
VENUE: Pullman Room, CBG

 This workshop can enhance educational programming in public gardens by leading participants to experience the traditional "ways" of the Japanese in a manner that relates to potential benefits in well-being and utilizes the Japanese garden as a learning environment, with an attention to the cycle of the seasons.

Understanding Aesthetic Pruning to Enhance the Garden Experience 

PRESENTER: MaryAnn Lewis (Aesthetic Pruners Association)   
DATE / TIME: October 17, 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM VENUE: Alsdorf Auditorium, CBG

This session will explore how aesthetic pruning can provide a platform to connect people to the garden by providing a link between the design of the garden --- particularly the way that trees relate to their context and to the garden visitors --- and how the garden is maintained with a view towards gaining a deeper understanding and a more personal experience of it. 

Engaging the Senses:  Tea in the Garden and in Everyday Life 

PRESENTER: Kimiko Gunji (University of Illinois)
DATE / TIME: October 18, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
VENUE: Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, CBG                                                                                  

This session will discuss how the Way of the Tea --- a traditional Japanese art which encompasses different art forms, aesthetics and philosophies --- can foster spiritual enrichment in our convenience-driven modern world by illustrating that simple, everyday activities can be elevated into a high art form through aesthetic ritualization.  
This session will include a panel discussion about the proposed institute which will offer a comprehensive education program for Japanese garden professionals working outside of Japan, and will also explore the role of related arts such as ikebana, bonsai and the tea ceremony, as well as the interplay of cultural context with technical skills.