Press Release - Japanese Garden
Project FactsDate Originally Built
Original Landscape Superintendent
: William Hertrich (1878–1966)
: Closed April 4, 2011–Reopens April 11, 2012
Total Project Cost
: $6.8 million
: Major support for the Japanese Garden restoration was made possible by the Mary B. Hunt bequest, the Michael Monroe and Deane Weinberg bequest, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Frank and Toshie Mosher, and an anonymous foundation. Additional support was provided by Kay and Steve Onderdonk.
Restore historic core of the garden
- Restore Japanese House
- Repair ponds and rebuild water infrastructure
- Restore and rebuild bridges
Add ceremonial tea garden
- Install ceremonial teahouse
- Landscape with entry gate, waiting bench, stream, and paths
Add waterfall between the Japanese House and Zen Garden
Increase accessibility with new paths
Project Director: James Folsom, Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens at The Huntington
Project Manager: Laurie Sowd, vice president for operations at The Huntington
Horticultural Curator: David MacLaren, curator of Asian gardens at The Huntington
Landscape Architects: Takeo and Keiji Uesugi, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Tea Garden Landscape Architect: Takuhiro Yamada, Kyoto
Teahouse Conservator: Yoshiaki Nakamura, Kyoto
Japanese House Conservator: Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc., Long Beach, Calif.
Historic Materials Conservator (Japanese House): Griswold Conservation Associates, Culver City, Calif.
Faux Bois Restoration: Terence Eagan, Sierra Madre, Calif.
Editor of Forthcoming Book on The Huntington’s Japanese Garden: T. June Li, curator of The Huntington’s Chinese garden