2-year restoration returns Japanese garden in Ohio to original 1964 design

The newly-restored Japanese Garden has reopened at Dawes Arboretum, near Newark, Ohio.

Landscape architect Makoto Nakamura designed and constructed the garden in 1963 and 1964. Ever since, it has been one of Dawes’ most popular sites, said Luke Messinger, executive director of Dawes.

At 17 acres, the Japanese Garden features four styles of popular Japanese landscape design: hills and pond, karesansui (a dry landscape), a resting house, and a hide and reveal.

The garden recently reopened after a two-year restoration that centered on upholding Nakamura’s original design.

Much of the work focused on restoring its walkway, bridges, the resting house and stonework, which had all faced significant wear through the decades.

See full article & photo credit in The Columbus Dispatch.

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