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Horticultural Therapy in the Japanese Garden


Japanese Garden at Denver Botanic GardensSummer is slowly coming to the end and we are starting to see the presence of fall in Sho-Fu-En.  The feathery, silver flowerheads of maidenhair grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Yakushima’) wave in the breeze around the Japanese Garden’s moon-viewing deck.

There is a feeling of peacefulness and serenity in the Japanese Garden which compels many visitors to linger. The therapeutic effect of Japanese garden envelopment has become a fascinating and exciting topic among garden professionals.

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in conjunction with the Japan-America Society of Colorado, Denver Botanic Gardens is hosting "Beyond the Beauty," a program highlighting Japanese Gardens role in horticultural therapy. The keynote presentation will be given by Dr. Eijiro Fujii from Chiba University in Japan. Dr. Fujii will present “Japanese Gardens and the Therapeutic Possibility” which explores the relationship of neurological function with Japanese gardening.

In addition to Dr. Fujii’s presentation, Denver Botanic Gardens’ Senior Horticulturist Angie Foster and Bonsai Specialist Larry Jackel will present “Using Bonsai Design in Horticultural Therapy.”  They co-manage a Bonsai therapy program for cancer patients and survivors from Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers.

The program also includes tours of Shofu-En by Ebi Kondo, curator of the Japanese Garden, at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The program will be a perfect opportunity to enjoy a beautiful autumn day in Shofu-En, and to be inspired by new connections between gardening, therapy and neuroscience.

Learn more and register

This blog post was written by Ebi (Akiyoshi) Kondo, curator of the Japanese Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens



Mason Brown

I have a large jade plant, too big for my appartment.. I need suggestins as to whom I can give it to so it can be made into many small jade plants for others to enjoy. Thanks, Mason L. Brown revmlb@msn.com
Panayoti Kelaidis

Not sure I can help you now that hard frost has hit: I know that Emerald Leaf imports huge jade plants for their customers--they may be willing to take it off your hands (check the yellow pages). Also the local bonsai clubs often do succulent bonsai. Members of the cactus and succulent society might also be interested.

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