Monthly Lecture Series

Monthly Lecture Series

All Lectures Start at 7:00 PM in the Visitor Center


FREE for Garden Members | $5 for Non-Members
Registration Requested | Walk-Ins Welcome


Anderson Japanese Gardens’ Lecture Series features culturally significant
topics presented by nationally renowned thought leaders.


Most presentations are interactive and provide the audience a deeper appreciation for the
cultural arts and concepts to improve their own horticultural pursuits.

2017 Lecturers

March Lecture

Thursday, March 23

The Creation & Preservation of Missouri
Botanical’s Japanese Garden, Siewa en

Ben Chu (St. Louis, MO)

Horticulture Supervisor, Missouri Botanical Garden

April Lecture

Thursday, April 20

Motoko Izumi (Naperville, IL)

Owner, Artezanato Studio

May Lecture

Thursday, May 18

The World’s Fair, Phoenix Pavilion & The Art Institute of Chicago
Janice Katz, Ph.D. (Chicago, IL)
Roger L. Weston Associate Curator of Japanese Art, Art Institute of Chicago

June Lecture

Thursday, June 15

Stepping into the Gardens of Japan
Leslie Buck (Berkeley, CA)
Aesthetic Pruner & Author

July Lecture

Thursday, July 20

Portland Japanese Garden: The Journey Continues
Sadafumi Uchiyama (Portland, OR)
Garden Curator, Portland Japanese Garden

August Lecture

Thursday, August 17

Shinto: Seeking the Divine in Nature
Supasari (Nokomis, FL)
Touring Roster Artist, Asian Dance & Theatre by Supasari

September Lecture

Thursday, September 21

Chabana and Zen Aesthetics
Kimiko Gunji (Champaign, IL)
Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

October Lecture

Thursday, October 19

Aikido: The Art of Peace
Stephen Toyoda (Chicago, IL)
President, Aikido Association of America

November Lecture

Thursday, November 16

Anderson Japanese Gardens 2017: A Year In Review
Tim Gruner (Rockford, IL)
Garden Curator & Head of Horticulture, Anderson Japanese Gardens

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