DAY 1 - February 10, Friday
8 AM to 4.30 PM
GARDEN MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP
Japanese Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, TX
The Suzuki Garden was added to the Fort Worth Japanese Garden in 2000. It is a dry landscape garden that offers a contemporary contrast to the more traditional dry landscape garden that adjoins it. Several issues are in need of repair and maintenance including some of the fencing, a considerable amount of pruning and some adjustments to the planting scheme. Participants were divided into three groups but encouraged to engage in the area(s) that most interested them throughout the day.
AREAS OF FOCUS
1. Bamboo sleeve fence repair (Ryoan-ji gaki)
2. Pruning & Shaping- Shaping of wave foliage(O-karikomi)
- Pine and juniper garden tree pruning
3. Transplant & Planting
- Digging and wrapping technique of garden plants (Nemaki)
- Explanation of garden tree transplant preparation) (Nemawashi)
DAY 2 - February 11, Saturday
8 AM to 4:30 PM
WATER GARDEN CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP
Meiners Garden, Grand Prairie, TX
The Meiners garden is composed of three gardens:
1. A traditional tea garden and tea room using a mix of materials from Japan and local sources.
2. A koi pond and hill garden featuring a closed biological filtration system
3. A large pond garden which also serves as a visual backdrop for the other two gardens
The first two gardens are complete. The Saturday workshop focused on the construction of a headwater and stream for the large pond garden, which is a work in progress that will eventually be connected to the pond and hill garden by a path.
After some initial instruction on stream construction, participants had the opportunity to design and build their own section of the stream using available materials. Following discussion of this exercise, focus turned to the completion of the headwater for the large pond. Proper use of equipment like the tripod and excavator was demonstrated as well as proper techniques for slinging and transporting stones.
DAY 3 - February 12, Sunday
9 AM to 4:00 PM
GARDEN TOURS & TEA CEREMONY
Forth Worth Japanese Garden & Meiners Garden
The day’s activities included expert-led tours of the Fort Worth Japanese Garden and of the Meiners Garden.
During the Meiners garden tour, there was a presentation of the construction process for the tea garden and the hill-and-pond garden, demonstrations of bamboo fence techniques and bamboo elements for tea garden and ceremony, and participation in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony presided by the Chado Urasenke Tankokai.
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