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Garden+ Lecture Series: “Healing Nature” Panel Discussion (TBA)

Healing Nature: Art and Gardens at Manzanar

Photo by Dorothea Lange, courtesy of Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.

We close our 2020 Garden+ series with this event, presented in connection with “Healing Nature: Art and Gardens at Manzanar,” the Garden’s exhibit on the Manzanar World War II incarceration camp featuring photography by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and Toyo Miyatake.  The conversation will center on the question of how creating beautiful spaces and objects was not only possible but in fact absolutely essential for nourishing the detainees’ souls and strengthening their resolve to survive.

Panelists include University of Oregon professor emeritus of landscape architecture Kenneth Helphand, author of the acclaimed book Defiant Gardens, and Alan Miyatake, grandson of photographer Toyo Miyatake, who continues the tradition of Toyo Miyatake Studio, founded in 1923. Additional panelists will be announced shortly.

Kenneth I. Helphand is the recipient of distinguished teaching awards from the University of Oregon (1993) and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (1997).  He has guest lectured at dozens of universities and is a frequent visiting professor at the Technion – the Israel Institute of Technology. He is the author of numerous of articles and reviews on topics in landscape history and theory with a particular interest in the contemporary American landscape. He is the author of the award winning books: Colorado: Visions of an American Landscape, Dreaming Gardens: Landscape Architecture & the Making of Modern Israel, and Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and CELA, Honorary Member of the Israel Association of Landscape Architects, a recipient of the Bradford Williams Medal, a Graham Foundation Grant, and Chair of the Senior Fellows at Dumbarton Oaks.

The Garden+ lecture series places the Japanese garden in bold and inspiring new contexts by bringing designers, authors, practitioners, and researchers to the Garden to share fresh ideas.  Come experience original perspectives, thought-provoking research, and new creative work. We bring presenters from around the globe to shed new light on how gardens connect to subjects as diverse as spirituality, technical innovation, architecture, culture, design, and society — all made more resonant with the  Garden itself as a backdrop. Garden+ is a presentation of the International Japanese Garden Training Center, which is supported by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.