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International Conference on Japanese Gardens Outside Japan

Published: March 16, 2009

CSULB faculty, staff and students can learn from national and international experts about design, maintenance, management and aesthetics at the International Conference on Japanese Gardens Outside Japan, sponsored by CSULB’s Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden and the College of the Arts, Thursday through Sunday, March 26-29.

The conference is aimed at employees of public and private Japanese gardens, landscape architects and professionals, as well as gardening enthusiasts.

Noted landscape architect Ron Herman, whose commissions include the 25-acre Japanese-style Bay Area estate of California software billionaire Lawrence Ellison, is the opening featured speaker on “In Search of an Unknown Aesthetic: Japanese Gardens in America,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel, 701 W. Ocean Blvd.

His presentation is open to the public and general admission is $20, which includes parking and refreshments, or $50 for the program and a private reception afterward. Attendance also is included in the general conference registration fee. Reservation deadline for his address is Friday, March 20.

Conference attendees and the public also can register for any of three bus tours guided by garden experts that will go behind the scenes at several Southern California public and private Japanese gardens. Tickets are $40 per person per tour and buses will depart from the Long Beach Hilton Hotel at 9 a.m., returning at approximately 6 p.m. Available tours are:

• A tour on Thursday, March 26, and repeating Sunday, March 29, will visit the James Irvine Garden at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Los Angeles; the Japanese Garden at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, San Marino; and the private Storrier-Stearns Garden, Pasadena.

• A tour on Sunday, March 29, will visit the California Scenario in Costa Mesa, designed by Isamu Noguchi; the San Diego Tech Center Japanese Garden; and the Japanese Friendship Garden at Balboa Park, San Diego.

Events on Friday, March 27, convene at the Daniel Recital Hall on the CSULB campus and include opening keynote addresses on “Japanese Gardens: Parallels and Context” by Marc Treib, professor of architecture emeritus, UC Berkeley; and “Evolution of Japanese Gardens” by Makoto Suzuki, professor, Department of Landscape Architecture Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture.

Programs on Saturday, March 28, take place at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel, including a presentation by Kendall Brown, CSULB professor of Asian art history, and a banquet at 6:30 p.m. honoring landscape architect Takeo Uesugi, professor emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona.

Conference fees are $275 per individual for the first member of an organization; $200 per subsequent organization member or any faculty, staff or alumni from a California State University campus; $100 per person for one day; and $75 for any student with identification. The $40 garden tour fees are separate.

For more information, contact Jamie Higgins by e-mail or call 562/985-2169; e-mail jhiggins@csulb.edu; or see www.csulb.edu/~jgarden. Conference reservation deadline is March 12.