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Chinese and Japanese Garden Design

Chinese and Japanese Garden Design

Date: Friday 14 October, 2022

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: The Goodman Building, Adelaide Botanic Garden. Entrance via Hackney Rd.

Cost: $180 per person (including GST). Please note that online bookings incur a booking fee. Payment can also be made by cash, credit card or EFTPOS by calling 08 8222 9311.


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 and 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'll discuss gardening techniques including clipping and topiary, wiring to shape and wooden supports, which is all done to enhance the wellbeing and longevity of the plants.

In this one-day workshop you'll explore:

  • differences between Japanese and Chinese garden designs
  • 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 own garden to create an 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 Ink Landscape Design.

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

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 lectures in Australia and China in areas of Landscape Design and Architecture.

Please remember:

• Practice good hygiene, wash your hands regularly, and utilize the hand sanitiser available while in the Garden.

• If you have any COVID-19 symptoms on the day of the workshop, stay at home and contact our staff to discuss options.

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