Annual Conference

The Japanese Garden Society

25th Anniversary Conference 2018

Japanese Garden Design: Past Present and Future

1stSeptember 2018 – 10.30 – 5pm

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

Speakers include:

Yoko Kawaguchi, Robert Ketchell, Howard Healey and Dr Ray Tangney

Registration Fee: £25

including refreshments and lunch

Conference Dinner £35

(inc. private viewing of Kizuna Exhibition):

Alcoholic beverages available for purchase

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Outline Programme

  • The Decorative Folding Screens of Edo and their depiction of 17th-century city gardens – Yoko Kawaguchi.Describing the historical development of Japanese garden design through illustrations of gardens in Japanese Art.
  • Japanese Garden Design – Principles and Perspective – Robert Ketchell. Providing an overview of the approaches to garden design that developed in Japan during the 19th and 20th Century and how these reflected the cultural heritage of the Japanese people and their reverence for nature.
  • Selecting Rocks for a Japanese Garden – Howard Healey. Sharing his knowledge of the range and characteristics of the rocks that can be found across the UK, including Wales, and  exemplars of their beauty within Japanese Gardens.
  • Moss growing in the UK – an insight into its biology and diversity – Dr Ray Tangney. Describing the diversity and living conditions that support the growth of mosses in a range of locations across the UK, and providing clues on how we can encourage moss to grow in our Japanese style gardens
  • New Directions in Japanese garden design – Yoko Kawaguchu.Providing a personal view of some modern trends in garden design within Japan.
  • Japanese Garden Society: Past Present and Future. Short presentations and a panel discussion led by Graham Hardman.


Getting to Cardiff

Cardiff is easy to reach from all parts of the UK and beyond. It is easily accessible by car (via M4) rail and coach services. Cardiff and Bristol airports have coach links to the city centre.

By Road Travelling west on the M4, eg from London. Leave the motorway at Junction 29, follow the A48(M)/A48 then follow signs.

Travelling east on the M4 from West Wales. Leave the motorway at Junction 33 or 32 and follow signs.

By Rail Cardiff Central Rail Station (CF10 1EP) is a hub for services across Wales (Arriva Trains Wales). London and many major UK cities. For further details contact National Rail Enquiries.

By Coach National Express provide an extensive network of coach services from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff CF11 9HW.

By Air Cardiff Airport is situated at Rhoose, 12 miles south-west of Cardiff city centre and 10 miles from Junction 33 on the M4. Taxis and buses are available to transport visitors to the city centre

Conference venue is within the city centre.

  • 15 mins walk from the Cardiff Central Station and Coach Stations
  • 5 – 10 mins walk from city centre shops
  • 5 – 15 mins walk from many hotels
  • Parking is available behind the Museum

Car park exit token is £6.50  from Museum shop

Nearest hotels include:

  • Park Plaza – Greyfriars Rd, Cardiff CF10 3AL 029 2011 1111
  • Hilton – Kingsway, Greyfriars Rd, Cardiff CF10 3HH 029 2064 6300   
  • Jury’s Inn – 1 Park Pl, Cardiff CF10 3UD0161 774 2983
  • Premier Inn, Travelodge and many other hotels are within 15mins walking distance

University Accommodation– EG Senghennydd Hall CF24 4AG. Price for a single en-suite Room (no breakfast) is £31.50.  For 2 or more nights stay there is a reduced rate @ £27 per night.  A breakfast option is available for group bookings (minimum numbers applicable).  For further information please contact the Conference Team by emailing call +44 (0)29 2087 4702 / 6365


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