National Conference and AGM 2018
The society’s National Conference and AGM was held at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff on 1 September. The conference marked the 25th anniversary of the society. The National Museum of Wales had been hosting an exhibition entitled Kizuna (meaning bond) over the summer celebrating the links between Japanese and Welsh culture and it was therefore opportune to hold the conference at the same venue during the exhibition run.
The theme of the conference was Japanese garden design – past, present and future. Over 80 delegates attended to hear talks from Yoko Kawaguchi, Robert Ketchell, Howard Healey and a panel discussion with Graham Hardman, Katie Croft and Robert Ketchell. Talks covered such themes as choosing the right rocks for a Japanese garden, a new trend of including deciduous trees in Japanese garden design, principles and perspectives of Japanese garden design, as well as a review of where the society has come from over the last 25 years and where it is going in the future.
The conference had the pleasure of receiving a visit from special guests, Minister Okada and Mr Shimizu from the Japanese Embassy, together with Mr Dunn, Honorary Consul for Japan in Wales and his wife.
National Conference and AGM 2019
The 2019 Conference will be held at the Crown Hotel, Harrogate on 12th October 2019. Outline details will be posted to this page, as soon as they become available.