Japanese Gardens: Visions and Practices of a Kyoto Gardener

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July 10th, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

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Reservations are now closed. Thank you for your interest. We will have a rush line starting 30 minutes before the event, and will start to release unclaimed seats 10 minutes before the event.

In conjunction with our current exhibition, Four Seasons of Gardens in Kyoto, Hugo Torii will introduce his work and past projects in various Japanese gardens, and give an overview of different Japanese garden styles. The talk will also cover topics such as how gardeners develop the essence of a garden through the combination of different features, how the function of a Japanese garden influences garden design and Japanese gardening concepts and how they shape both our perception and our ability to experience and appreciate elements of a Japanese garden.

Hugo Torii is currently the Director of Ground Maintenance at the Portland Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon. He earned his Master’s degree in Landscape Design from the Kyoto University of Art and Design and has studied both Japanese gardens and Japanese aesthetics in horticulture; he also has a background in floristry. During his career to date, Hugo Torii has spent over 3 years at Peter Berg Landscape Design in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, and 12 years’ working for Ueyakato Landscape Co. Ltd., as a Gardener and Landscape Architect in Kyoto, Japan. During this time he also managed several projects of note including the Japanese garden and greeneries for the 24-hectare Keihanna Commemorative Park and the 5,000 square-meter Yosuien Japanese strolling pond garden. Other projects included the annual maintenance of pine trees at Nijo Castle and Team Leader in the street trees maintenance program of Kyoto City.


July 10th, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
July 10th, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
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6:00 pm


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