During August and September 2010 an Exhibition with the above title was mounted by the Japanese Garden Society in the foyer of the Embassy.
It is currently to be seen at Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire.
Covering the history and development of Japanese gardens in the UK, the exhibition covers four major topics:
• The gardens of Japan – setting the context and covering styles and aspects of design.
•The Japanese garden in the UK – from early interest following the Meiji restoration, through the important Japan-British exhibition of 1910, to the renewal of interest over the last 20 years.
• Cultural Borrowing – how ideas have been interpreted and ‘borrowed’ for the different conditions and cultural setting in the UK.
• Gardens open to the public today – A selected list of gardens with information and images of the more important ones.
The Exhibition is sponsored by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and an accompanying booklet will follow, sponsored by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.
The Japanese Garden Society, founded in 1993, now has some 700 members. It is for anyone with an interest in Japanese gardens, members receiving a high quality quarterly journal ‘Shakkei’. Regular meetings, lectures and garden visits are held throughout the country and the Society runs regular trips to Japan.
Other activities include assistance at RHS Shows and other events, and gaining practical experience in garden maintenance. Recently members of the Society have designed and constructed gardens in a public park, at a hospice and most recently at Norwich Cathedral.
The Society is able to offer lectures on Japanese gardens to other organisations and groups.
For further information contact the JGS Secretary