The Japanese Garden Approach – Mountain Sceneries Design Intensive

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The Japanese Garden Approach – Mountain Sceneries Design Intensive

October 3, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm MDT

Denver Botanic Gardens & Mountain Field Trip

October 3, 5, & 7, 2023 – 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

The Southern Colorado Rocky Mountains are central to the design of the Japanese Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens, known as Shofu-en or “Garden of Pine and Wind.” In this three-day intensive, learn to apply the Japanese garden model and inspiration from mountain sceneries to your garden project – big or small.

Learning objectives include an overview of the history and influencing philosophy of Japanese gardens, observation and analysis of design principles present in Shofu-en and mountain sceneries, understanding ecological systems and their adaptation in designed landscapes, and application of the traditional Japanese garden design process. Use time in the design studio to apply your newfound knowledge and engage in creating your own mindful spaces of connection in the landscape.


October 3, 2023
9:30 am - 4:00 pm MDT