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The Japanese Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, which will soon celebrate its 50th birthday, serves as the classroom for this unique series of hands-on workshops. Join FWJG Senior Gardener Nick Esthus and Japanese garden expert John Powell for a series of workshops on the art of tsubo-niwa (small garden) inside the Japanese Garden. Participants will gain hands on experience in a variety of crucial tsubo-niwa elements including setting boulders, stone paving, tree and shrub pruning and placement, and working with bamboo, all while assisting with permanent changes to the garden. Attendees will gain insight into the art of Japanese gardens, their connection to architecture and will take away valuable ideas for their own gardens.
Instructor John Powell, owner of Zoen, LLC, designs Japanese-style gardens and serves as lead garden consultant for several public gardens throughout the United States, specializing in garden restorations and sustainable maintenance programs. John received his training from various Japanese garden masters both in Japan and the United States including internship at the prestigious Adachi Museum of Art gardens in Yasugi, Japan. A regular contributor to Sukiya Living magazine (The Journal of Japanese gardening), John also presents frequently for the North American Japanese Garden Association and is a member of its board of directors.
Instructor Nick Esthus is the Senior Gardener for the Fort Worth Japanese Garden located at Fort Worth Botanic Garden. His previous work experience includes garden curator at Memphis Botanic Garden’s Japanese garden, Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Garden at Ohio State University, and nursery intern at Longwood Gardens. He holds an Associate’s degree from Columbus State Community College in Landscape Design and a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Horticulture from Ohio State University. Nick specializes in Japanese garden design, maintenance and installation both FWJG and private clients.
This class will meet on three Saturdays:
Please Note: This class will be held at the FWBG.
$110 members/$135 non-members