Exploring Chinese and Japanese Garden Design



Date: Thursday 12 September 2019

Time: 9am - 4pm

Where: Adelaide Botanic Garden

Cost: $180 per person. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite or over the phone by calling (08) 8222 9311. (Please note that bookings made online will incur a booking fee).

Oriental gardens are beautiful, serene places, where spirituality can be embodied in plants and the natural surrounds. These gardens reflect nature on a small scale. Symbolism is a very important part of the design.

The basis of this garden design philosophy is that all energy in the universe is reflected in all the natural elements found around us. Water, stone and plants are popular features in Oriental Gardens and are historically used in these designs to reflect the philosophy.

There is often an element of the mystical, for example, tightly winding stone paths can be used to confuse ‘malicious spirits’ that may follow an unwary traveller.

Japanese gardens are very meditative and include ‘value voids’ and spaces between garden elements like water, feature plants and trees, and structures. There are many different expressions in Japanese gardens; dry raked pebbles that imitate mountains and water movement, richly planted tea gardens and gently flowing water features. Colour is used in a very measured way in Japanese gardens

We will discuss techniques of gardening include clipping and topiary, wiring to shape and wooden supports, all done to enhance the wellbeing and longevity of the plants.

In this one-day workshop you will explore:

  • differences between Japanese and Chinese Garden design
  • how an Australian resource pallet can be used to represent the philosophies as accurately as possible
  • what artistic and practical elements you can use in your garden to create a oriental garden

Collaborative delivery approach
The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia is proud to deliver a suite of courses in collaboration with Footprint Ink.

Footprint Ink are a passionate team of award-winning professionals with unique and transdisciplinary expertise. With experience in landscape architecture, design, education, community engagement and the arts, Footprint Ink works with a soft ecological footprint, offering long term solutions with minimal impact on resources and maximum benefit for all.

Workshop presenter: Arbel Zhao
Arbel established his landscape architecture career in China with specialist skills in commercial and large residential projects. With Australian qualifications and experience, Arbel brings a unique cultural perspective to inspire local landscapes. Arbel lecturers in Australia and China in areas of Landscape Design and Architecture.

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