Travis County – The Nature and Spirit of Japanese Gardens

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Date(s) - 07/13/2019
10:00 am-12:00 pm

Zilker Botanical Garden


Take a trip to gardens around the world without even leaving Austin. Please join Dr. Molly Ogorzaly as she contrasts Western and Eastern gardening traditions and explains how religious beliefs influenced the conception and construction of Japanese gardens.  Dr. Ogorzaly, who holds degrees in agriculture, botany and science education, will share design principles and identify adapted plants that can be used in Central Texas. These designs and plants are featured in Austin’s Taniguchi Japanese Garden, which opened in 1969 and was built by Isamu Taniguch. In his essay, Spirit of the Garden, Taniguchi shares his motivation in building the garden and his wish that “through the construction of this visible garden, I might provide a symbol of universal peace.” This great gift to the city is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. Over these many years, visitors have enjoyed a tranquil, meditative spot in the middle of Zilker Botanical Garden.

No registration is required. Attendance to the seminars is free and open to the public. A park entrance fee is required.

Park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12) or seniors (age 62 & over), and $3 for non-Austin Residents. Cash or check accepted.

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