A Gardener’s Journey to Japan*

January 21, 2020 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

Enjoy a cup of tea and a traditional Japanese sweet as David Rettig, Meijer Gardens Horticulture Lead, provides an overview of Japan, discussing the island nation’s climate, mountainous terrain, and culture that have a significant influence on its gardens. Then go on a guided virtual tour of several Japanese gardens, including Murin-an, Saihoji, Ryoanji, Tenryuji, and Kinkakuji. Learn about their history, the types of plants used, and how they are planted, pruned and maintained. Discover the similarities and differences between these celebrated gardens in Japan and several Japanese gardens in the United States, exploring design, plant selection, materials such as boulders and structures, and the approach to maintenance.

(*) Applies toward MSU Extension Master Gardener education credit.

Instructor: David Rettig
Member Cost: $15
Non-Member Cost: $20