JACKSONTOWN– Dawes Arboretum’s Japanese Garden is on schedule to reopen May 30 for its 50th anniversary following two years of renovations. “We’ll have activities and tours of what we’ve done,” said Dawes Public Relations Director Laura Appleman. “We raised over $70,000 for this garden renovation. It is a fantastic example of local community’s support of what we do and our mission. So many visitors have a strong connection with the Japanese Garden that we want to help ensure it is in its best condition for generations to come.”
“Visitors will see a reconstructed concrete path that begins at the parking area and takes them through the garden,” said Dawes Executive Director Luke Messinger. He said new plantings add more landscape interest and enhance views throughout the garden. The boulders that surround much of the pond have been reset as well as the stepping stones that cross the pond. “It’s a visitor favorite!” he said.
Messing said Dawes was very fortunate to arrange an August visit by landscape architect Makoto Nakamura, who originally created the Japanese Garden. “While here Makoto reviewed the reconstruction plans and assisted with several minor design changes to improve the garden,” Messinger said.
“The absolute gem of the reconstruction process was our ability to rebuild the Resting Place using the original design of landscape architect Makoto Nakamura,” Messinger said. The Resting Place and the steppingstones are probably the most identifiable features of the garden.
“While there will always be ongoing improvements to the Japanese Garden, the major improvements our staff have accomplished over the past two years will help preserve the garden for another 50 years,” Messinger said.