Fukushima Garden opens at Holland Park

Entry to Fukushima GardenYesterday saw the opening ceremony for the new Fukushima Garden, designed by Kyoto landscape gardener Yasuo Kitayama, in Holland Park. It was very well attended – positively heaving with people in fact. Continue reading

Japanese chrysanthemum exhibition in Tokyo

Ozukuri chrysanthemumLast November I went to an exhibition of chrysanthemums at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo.

They were carefully displayed in special decorative pavilions dotted about the main gardens and it seemed to me that they were typically Japanese in the way they aimed for perfection through artifice. Nothing like an English herbaceous border which is about glorifying nature in all its profusion.

Here’s some pictures to show you what I mean. See if you agree.

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