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Japanese Garden


A "child" of Expo 67

It was in 1967, during Man and His World, that landscape architect Ken Nakajima drew up the plans for a Japanese Garden at the Montréal Botanical Garden. Times changed, and the project was put on hold for twenty years.

When it finally got the green light, Nakajima touched up his plans and supervised the work, which lasted only a few short months. As he jokingly remarked, it took him twenty years to design the garden, and less than one year to build it!

 

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:J-24-207

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)


Nakajima left no stone unturned in his search for the right material, hunting through countless sandstone, limestone and granite quarries.

In the end, he enthusiastically settled on peridotite, a black and white veined, greenish stone.
Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives) - call number:0334-2

Jardin botanique de Montréal (Archives)
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 Japanese Garden : Part 2

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First Nations Garden
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Shade Garden

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