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  • There are 4 Japanese gardens in Minnesota: Como Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden, Carleton College, U’s Arboretum, Normandale community College
  • Carleton, COMJG, Arboretum, Normandale
  • A Japanese garden is not born overnight- they take shape over decades and adapt to the space
  • Sustainable design includes regular contact with the designer, if possible, to make sure the garden still is meeting his vision
  • We learned the hard way during construction to use local landscapers- the oiriginal pond was with a CA construction company and was cracked and not holding water after 2 winters; redone in 1980 with local assistance and Matsuda
  • Reduce runoff, no pesticides used because can harm koi
  • 1905 postcard of first Japanese garden at Como Park; lanterns from 1904 world’s fair
  • Reused 1904 lanterns, broken lotus bud top, so the designer found a rock that worked to cap the lantern
  • Borrowed scenery- looks much larger than it is, as it uses trees and shrubs that are farther away to give scale and depth
  • Como composts all the plant materials from the garden to be used throughout the park
  • Japanese maple cannot handle our winters so we use korean maples for he brilliant color
  • Moss too hard to grown in Minnesota so we often use Irish moss
  • Cherry blossoms vs redbud and crabapple blossoms
  • Bamboo for fencing, bamboo grows 24 inches in a day in some locations
  • Como’s rocks are from local quarries in Chaska and Rosemount
  • Bloomington has close connections with their city council and Normandale College COMJG has strong sister city partnership Carleton has endowments All use volunteers extensively to do maintenance
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    • 1. Japanese Gardens in Minnesota: Lessons of Sustainability Kristen Mastel Outreach & Instruction Librarian University of Minnesota
    • 2. HOW MANY JAPANESE GARDENS IN MINNESOTA ARE IN THE TOP 25 IN NORTH AMERICA?
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    • 3. Japanese gardens
    • 4. Design
    • 5. Design
    • 6. Design
    • 7. Reduce
    • 8. Reuse
    • 9. Reuse
    • 10. Reuse
    • 11. Recycle
    • 12. Plants
    • 13. Plants
    • 14. Plants
    • 15. Materials
    • 16. Materials
    • 17. Financing
      • City resources
      • Sister city relationships
      • Endowments
      • Volunteers
    • 18. HOW MANY JAPANESE GARDENS IN MINNESOTA ARE IN THE TOP 25 IN NORTH AMERICA?
      • Carleton College (7)
      • Como Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden (19)
      • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (20)
    • 19. Future
      • Japanese Garden Experience
        • New wing of Como Conservatory
        • Potential ground breaking 2011
    • 20. Photo Credits
      • Kristen Mastel
      • Materials, Korean Maple: Peter Leach
      • Compost: http://www.flickr.com/photos/41583047@N00/4392729769/
      • Japanese Maple: http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/content/images/2006/12/01/japanese_maple_sibley_300x450.jpg
      • Carleton College: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9103230@N07/576183000/
      • Landscape Arboretum: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sakura_senshi/2745484302/
      • Normandale: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mulad/2955980995/

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