The new walkways around the ponds are almost completed. These pictures don't even begin to capture how beautiful the views are. All of us who spend time in the Arboretum are extremely grateful for the generous gift from the Kari Family, to honor the metmory of Dr. Frank A. Kari.
From the Arboretum's recent press release:
INVESTMENT OF THE DR. FRANK A. KARI GIFT
The UI Arboretum received a generous gift from Kari Family to honor the memory of Dr. Frank A. Kari. The Arboretum has determined to invest the gift in a walkway from Japan House, around the ponds and connect back into the walkway that leads from the Arboretum parking lot to Japan House (see attached plan). The gift will also provide for native plantings around the ponds and an endowment for the management and maintenance of the plants and ponds. There is no other location on the UI campus with such a native plant display.
Investment of this gift in the walkway is in keeping with the mission of the Arboretum, which is to discover, interpret, and disseminate knowledge in the plant sciences and applied arts by providing an aesthetically enriched setting for education, research, conservation, and enjoyment. The Arboretum is envisioned as a living laboratory, including plant collections and facilities that supported the teaching, research, and public service programs of several units throughout the University. The Dr. Frank A. Kari Walkway and Pond Restoration will be a wonderful addition to the native plant collection of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
just a bit more work left....
Fall seems to have arrived over the Labor Day weekend. It's cool and beautiful in the Japan House gardens today. Time in the gardens always provides a respite, whether you are taking a break from a busy school schedule or merely enjoying the fall weather.
The cherry trees, donated just a few years ago by Dr. Sen of the Urasenke Tea School in Japan, are thriving. They create a canopy of dark green over the walkway to Japan House. It makes for a wonderful walk, as the sun pierces through here and there. It is gorgeous right now, will be beautiful as the leaves begin to change....and should be extraordinary next spring!
When you next come to the gardens you will also see some welcome improvements in the area. Japan House is nestled within the University of Illinois Arboretum. The Arboretum recently received an estate gift that has allowed them to complete a network of sidewalks around the ponds. They are just finishing up the work and it will allow for walks all the way around the ponds. Come out and enjoy the new vantage points!
Our Open House last Saturday was one of our busiest ever. Over 730 people came through Japan House for tea ceremonies, garden tours, ikebana displays and presentations on wagashi (Japanese sweetmaking)!
This week finds our cherry blossoms blooming! Come enjoy the pleasure of 50 cherry trees in bloom....
Also, on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 7 pm, we will host our last cultural enrichment meeting of the semester. It will be an informal discussion by students recounting their experiences and perceptions of how protocol differs in the US and Japan. Students from both countries will be participating and as always, the discussion will be followed by tea and snacks. We hope you join us!
The gardens are open dawn to dusk.....treat yourself by coming to see the cherry blossoms....
You can find more pictures at our facebook page but if you can---the best way to experience them in person!
The cherry blossoms have begun to open! Last year a late freeze prevented them from blooming so this is the first spring we will see all 50 cherry trees bloom that were so generously donated by Dr. Genshitsu Sen, the fifteenth grandmaster of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea in Japan.
Come by this week to see the trees!
We also have a haiku workshop tomorrow, Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at p.m. Free and open to all.
Walking through the blossoms would be perfect before or after a tea ceremonies. We have openings at both 2:00 and 3:00 this Thursday, April 8, 2010. Call 217-244-9934 for reservations or details.
Click on over to our facebook page for more pictures of the sakura....and more to follow as they continue to bloom....
Spring is definitely here with green growth starting to pop through the ground and tight little buds on the cherry trees. The gardens are beautiful at every time of the year but there is something particularly intoxicating about the promise of spring.
To celebrate we have opened up the walled tea garden. We close it in the winter because the rocky stops are dangerous in icy weather but once again it will be open from dawn to dusk. Come and visit, enjoy the gardens and then sit by the ponds and wait for the turtles to poke their heads out....