Japanese gardens talk concludes evening series

Mar 19, 2017
Liz Stanley

Belfast — The Belfast Garden Club Evening Lecture Series wraps up Tuesday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. with a talk on “Travels to Japan with Lee Schneller Fine Gardens.” The Belfast Free Library is co-sponsoring the free talk, which will take place in its Abbott Room at 106 High St.

In September of 2013, Lee Sligh took her employees from Lee Schneller Fine Gardens on an adventure to central China and into Tibet to rendezvous with a crew member who was reuniting with his Tibetan family after many years. The trip was inspirational, and the travel bug bit.

In March of 2015, Lee took the crew to Japan to see dozens of diverse and beautiful gardens around Kyoto. In October of 2016, a larger group went back to Kyoto and also to Hiroshima. During that trip, the group visited historic gardens off the beaten track, including a private Zen moss garden at a secluded temple, an ancient shrine that was celebrating its autumn festival (complete with priests riding on horseback and the men of the village hefting very old portable shrines), a famous potter’s studio and hillside kiln that is now a museum, and medieval dry stone gardens.

Lee Sligh and Liz Stanley will show slides and talk about traveling (and eating) with fellow gardeners, some of the principles of Japanese design, and what they've brought back to create gardens here in Maine.

Lee Sligh is an author and owns Lee Schneller Fine Gardens (learn more at leeschneller.com). Liz Stanley works for Lee Schneller Fine Gardens and also for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

For more information about this program, please call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10. Learn more about the Belfast Garden Club at belfastgardenclub.org.


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