Presented by the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, the Japanese Garden Lecture Series is part of the Center’s ongoing efforts to shine a spotlight on Cranbrook’s Japanese Garden, including its 100-year heritage and its potential for renewal and growth. Created in 1915 by Cranbrook founder George Gough Booth and his father Henry Wood Booth, the Japanese-style garden is among the oldest in North America. The garden is centered on a pond, which is part of the River Rouge watershed, and features an iconic vermillion Japanese-style bridge. Although the garden remains a place of beauty and inspiration, the garden is in need of rehabilitation—an effort being led by the Cranbrook Center.
The Center’s Japanese Garden Lecture Series will not only include a public presentation of the 2018 Historic Landscape Study of Cranbrook’s Japanese Garden, presented by the study’s lead landscape architect, Gregory De Vries of Quinn Evans Architects, but also will be an opportunity to hear from three of the most respected Japanese garden designers working in North America—Shinichiro Abe, Marc Peter Keane, and Sadafumi Uchiyama. While De Vries’s lecture will focus exclusively on Cranbrook’s Japanese Garden, including an illustrated timeline of its history and documentation of its features and trees that remain extant, the lectures of the three Japanese garden designers will look more broadly at the field of Japanese garden design through the gardens that each of them have created or restored in North America
$25 for the Series of Four Lectures
(with advance online registration)
$10 for Individual Lectures
(payable at the lectures, space permitting)
For more information, please call the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research at 248.645.3307 or visit https://center.cranbrook.edu/events/lectures/japanese-garden-lecture-series.