Upcoming events include a Japanese landscape on May 2-4 where three different workshops will be given followed by a candlelight dinner and tour on May 6.
The Japanese landscape is a workshop that gives gardeners insight on how to maintain a garden.
Featured speakers include Dr. David Slawson, author of Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens and John Powell, a garden builder and pruning specialist.
This event will also include a screening and discussion of a new film: Evoking Native Landscape Using Japanese Garden Principles.
Gina Harris, director of education at Memphis Botanic Garden said they partnered with the Japan American Society of Tennessee for their Japanese cultured events.
“The cherry blooms are a huge event in Japan when all the cherry trees blooms, cherry blooms are a sign of life,” Harris said. “Every other year we have our Japanese festival and on alternate years we try to do additional Japanese programming.”
So far this year, botanic garden had a tasting event which was their version of an iron chef competition and tea ceremonies.
“There’s a gentleman that actually flies down from Ohio once a month because he is the master tea ceremony instructor on Sunday afternoons,” said Laurie Williams, manager of adult education.
Williams said they also offer Japanese calligraphy classes on Thursday nights where beginners can learn about shodo—Japanese for “the way of writing.”
For more information about the events, contact Mary Helen Butler at (901) 636-4116 or visit their website at www.memphisbotanicgarden.com.