April 5, 2013 |
Kendall Brown, professor of Asian art history at Cal State Long Beach and one of the experts to weigh in on the Storrier Stearns garden in Pasadena ( see related article ), has a book coming out this month. It's titled “Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America ,” and for this edited Q&A, we asked about his fascination with Japanese gardens, how best to experience them and why our notion of Japanese gardens is not entirely Japanese. What do you find most intriguing about Japanese gardens?
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March 20, 2010 |
It is known simply as the Japanese Garden. But to those familiar with this 6 1/2 -acre oasis, tucked away in the middle of bustling Van Nuys, it is affectionately referred to as "Gene's Garden." Since its dedication in 1984, Gene Greene has overseen this inspiring display of native plants, exotic birds, trees, waterfalls, lakes and streams - a public treasure that many don't know exists. "It's the best-kept secret for 25 years," said Greene, who worked closely with the landscape architect who designed the garden.
December 6, 1990
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has officially opened the Japanese gardens surrounding its Pavilion for Japanese Art. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday to dedicate the gardens, which were designed by the late Koichi Kawana, a landscape architect and designer at UCLA. Described by a museum official as reflecting a genuine Japanese aesthetic, the gardens include such traditional Japanese plantings as bonsai pines and Japanese maples.
August 12, 1990 |
LIVING IN OUR ARID, desertlike climate in these dry times, we are well aware of the need to employ water-conservation practices. So it's good to know that one of our loveliest public gardens is making plans to use reclaimed water exclusively. The Japanese Garden includes three distinct areas--a Zen garden, a wet strolling garden and a tea garden.
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April 3, 1985
The 6 1/2-acre Japanese Garden in Van Nuys' Woodley Avenue Park is bordered on the northern end by authentic wooden buildings, complete with floor mats and low-slung wooden tables. On the western side, less traditionally, it is bordered by a sewage plant. The resulting mixture of tranquility and sewage treatment was formally unveiled Tuesday, when the City of Los Angeles held the first of a regular series of tours of the garden at the $78-million Donald C.
June 20, 1991 |
In the middle of Van Nuys is an oasis of sublime visual beauty and peace. And it's right next to a huge sewage plant. The Japanese Garden at the Donald Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Woodley Park is a wonderful place to give your eyes a break from the chaotic urban landscape. Built as part of the reclamation project that was finished in 1984, the 6 1/2-acre formal garden is a graceful mix of grassy, lake, marsh and rocky environs.