Travel to Japan next autumn accompanied by landscape designer and writer, Hannah Gardner on a journey specially designed by her for the readers of Garden Illustrated.
During this far reaching fourteen-day itinerary, venture north to Hokkaido, Japan’s majestic most northerly wilderness island. Discover the abundant native flora and walk through dramatic mountain scenery, the first location in Japan to be saturated with autumn colour.
The party will visit the internationally celebrated contemporary gardens of Tokachi Millennium Forest designed by Dan Pearson, learning about the spirit of nature, sense of place and how to embrace this energy in one’s own gardening from head gardener and international speaker Midori Shintani. At Tokachi, a cultural workshop has been planned and the party will enjoy a foraged forest lunch prepared by the gardeners.Return to the mainland and delve into the traditional gardens, culture and the unforgettable architecture of Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto and Nara. Kyoto’s gardens provoke thought and delight in equal measure.
Meet with the gardeners of the Chion-in Temple who will demonstrate the fine art of Niwaki pruning. These varied landscapes meld the intimate essence of nature with the disciplines of cosmology, poetry and meditation. Kyoto’s gardens display an enormous range of forms from dry landscape gardens displaying extreme minimalism and subtle hues, to stroll gardens of luscious proportions with sophisticated textures and vibrant colours. Through Hannah’s formal and informal instruction, unpick the complexity and seek to understand the history and meaning of these serene and spiritual landscapes.
The party will visit both renown gardens and discover lesser known hidden cultural gems including the beautifully preserved historic Sumiya Pleasure House in Kyoto. Exhilarating days balancing experience with relaxation are complemented by nights in comfortable hotels.
Maximum Party Size: 20