Hermann Park's Japanese Garden will turn 25 in 2017.
Exciting renovations continue in the Japanese Garden. A small portion of the garden is blocked for safety during construction.
In 2017, the Japanese Garden will mark its 25th year as a popular destination in Hermann Park. Over the years, the Garden had begun to settle into a Texas-style garden and was at risk of losing its Japanese nature. Improvements to the Garden began in 2007, with annual direction by the design and landscape team from Japan, and will continue through the anniversary year.
The Japan team, led by renowned landscape architect Terunobu Nakai until his death in 2011, has been visiting the Garden each year since 2007 to implement the original concepts of Japanese landscape designer Ken Nakajima. The Park’s gardeners have since been following their direction, pruning shrubs and trees in Japanese style, installing bamboo fences, planting appropriate trees and shrubs, and realigning gravel paths.
In order to continue the renovation, the City of Houston has committed funds to its restoration, with additional funds to be raised by the Conservancy. Projects include the repair of the roofs on the Garden structures including the main entry, teahouse waiting pavilion and the gazebo on the north side of the Garden. The corroding wrought iron fence will be replaced, an event lawn will be created, and ponds will be repaired. A new gate of traditional Japanese design will be added on the Fannin Street side of the Garden to provide a new entry site during special events and will lead to a new dry-stream garden.
The Conservancy is actively fundraising for these renovations and is anticipating completion by the anniversary year of 2017.