National Botanic Garden of Wales Japanese Garden restoration 2019
Constructed in 2001, the garden started life as a Show Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, winning a Gold medal and coveted ‘Best in Show’ for its designer, Professor Masao Fukuhara. As part of the Japan 2001 festival, the Japanese government co-sponsored the garden with The Daily Telegraph.
The Japanese ambassador, Sadayuki Hayashi, suggested that after Chelsea the garden be given a permanent home at the newly opened National Botanic Garden of Wales. Professor Fukuhara and his team of Japanese gardeners rebuilt the garden in Wales during the winter of 2001/2.
By 2017 renovation work was needed. The Japanese Garden Society (JGS) led a restoration programme, part-funded by the Japanese government. Repairs to the building, wall, paths and bamboo fence, extensive pruning and replanting were completed in spring, 2019.
National Botanic Garden of Wales
Valley Gardens Harrogate Japanese Garden restoration 2017
The Valley Gardens in Harrogate North Yorkshire has had a Japanese Garden from about 1930. During subsequent decades the garden, although retaining its name, gradually lost its identity.
With the support of a grant from the Heritage Lottery fund and the Harrogate Borough Council, the JGS with the Friends of Valley Gardens undertook an extensive restoration.
Friends of Valley Gardens
Ann’s Blog – Ann Beeby a JGS member, wrote an interesting blog about the project.
Danescourt Cemetery Japanese Garden restoration 2009
The Japanese garden built in 1996 is situated in the Danescourt Cemetery in Tettenhall, Staffordshire. It is owned by the Wolverhampton City Council, but now maintained by volunteers from the JGS Midland and other JGS regions. From the late 1990’s through to 2009 the garden was solely maintained by the Council’s own workforce. Due mainly to funding issues, the JGS Midlands region agreed to take over the maintenance of the garden with a major restoration taking place in 2009 as seen in the images below.