Japanese Garden Lessons Ignite Mpls

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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
  • Japanese Garden Lessons Ignite Mpls

    1. 1. Japanese Gardens in Minnesota: Lessons of Sustainability Kristen Mastel Outreach & Instruction Librarian University of Minnesota
    2. 2. HOW MANY JAPANESE GARDENS IN MINNESOTA ARE IN THE TOP 25 IN NORTH AMERICA? <ul><li>1 </li></ul><ul><li>2 </li></ul><ul><li>3 </li></ul><ul><li>4 </li></ul>
    3. 3. Japanese gardens
    4. 4. Design
    5. 5. Design
    6. 6. Design
    7. 7. Reduce
    8. 8. Reuse
    9. 9. Reuse
    10. 10. Reuse
    11. 11. Recycle
    12. 12. Plants
    13. 13. Plants
    14. 14. Plants
    15. 15. Materials
    16. 16. Materials
    17. 17. Financing <ul><li>City resources </li></ul><ul><li>Sister city relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Endowments </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul>
    18. 18. HOW MANY JAPANESE GARDENS IN MINNESOTA ARE IN THE TOP 25 IN NORTH AMERICA? <ul><li>Carleton College (7) </li></ul><ul><li>Como Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden (19) </li></ul><ul><li>Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (20) </li></ul>
    19. 19. Future <ul><li>Japanese Garden Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New wing of Como Conservatory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential ground breaking 2011 </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Photo Credits <ul><li>Kristen Mastel </li></ul><ul><li>Materials, Korean Maple: Peter Leach </li></ul><ul><li>Compost: http://www.flickr.com/photos/41583047@N00/4392729769/ </li></ul><ul><li>Japanese Maple: http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/content/images/2006/12/01/japanese_maple_sibley_300x450.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>Carleton College: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9103230@N07/576183000/ </li></ul><ul><li>Landscape Arboretum: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sakura_senshi/2745484302/ </li></ul><ul><li>Normandale: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mulad/2955980995/ </li></ul>

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