Friday, April 30, 2010

Horticulture Field Trip to the Asia Garden at Furman University



On Tuesday, April 27, horticulture technology students enrolled in the Landscape Design II class traveled to Greenville, SC to visit the Asia Garden at Furman University.  Sheree Wright, Senior Grounds Keeper, hosted the tour and provided the following information about the garden:

“The original Japanese garden was created in the late 1960's as a result of several Asian Studies professor's wives wanting to decorate the women's dorms in an oriental motif, which carried over into the creation of the original garden.

There were stepping stones across the pond and a tea house.  The original pond and adjacent stream ran together into the Furman Lake.  Unfortunately, over time the tea house was vandalized, the plantings over grown and the water became a mucky mess. Plans to renovate the Japanese garden began in the late 90's, with the final plans completed in 2005.  Construction started in 2006.  The original pond was separated from the stream and is now a self-contained man-made bog, waterfall, and pond.  This garden was re-named the Asia garden, because many of the plants you now see in this garden originated from Asia......

The bog is planted with water mint, forget-me-nots and cattails, which clean and filter the water.  The new plantings around the 'Asia' garden include many bamboo species, Japanese maples, azaleas, creeping phlox, Cryptomerias, Thujas, and all kinds of irises and other water plants in the spillway.

Across the street from the Asia garden is the Place of Peace, which is another Furman Campus jewel.”
The Place of Peace (http://www.furman.edu/fumag/fall08/pop.html) is a reconstructed Buddhist temple situated to overlook the Asia Garden.  The structure was disassembled into 2,400 pieces in Nagoya, Japan and shipped across the Pacific Ocean and through the Panama Canal in order to reach the Furman University Campus.  Reassembly was completed in September 2008.

Photos by Samantha Faust. Post by Dr. John Sherman

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