April 21, 2017
Social & Refreshments 10:00 am – 10:30 am
PROGRAM: Context and Continuity in the Japanese Garden
by Patrick Chassé
Patrick Chassé is an educator, landscape architect, ecologist, writer, and landscape historian. He is Maine born and bred, and earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design, after a B.S. in biology, graduate studies in botany, and a MEd in environmental education from the University of Maine.
Gardens in Japan have roots in nature and early agrarian landscapes. The indigenous Shinto designation of spirit places and kami set an ancient context template for interpreting the natural world. The later introduction of Buddhist and Chinese ideas and imagery in the Nara and Heian periods fostered the first gardens recognized as antecedents of the Japanese garden traditions we know today. This lecture will present a sample of gardens, from the 8th century to the 20th century to illustrate the influences of cultural evolution on the history and form of the Japanese garden.
Mr. Chassé maintains an active design practice, specializing in historic landscapes, reconstruction of natural plant communities, and design of new gardens, from Mt. Desert Island, Maine, to Istanbul. He lectures at garden clubs, botanical gardens, cultural institutions, and symposia across the country and abroad.