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Secret Gardens of Kyoto

This light but visually rich presentation will take you on a tour of unique Kyoto gardens. Enter private landscapes, monasteries, and an emperor’s estate. Enjoy the gardens with Japanese teatime!


My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto

In this photographic presentation, we embark on a garden adventure in Kyoto as seen through the daily lives of the gardeners, rather than visitors. Discover the plants, people, and creatures in the gardens many people consider living art.


Designing our local japanese gardens: hints from Kyoto craftsmen

See how the Japanese design with local plants to create some of the most natural looking gardens in the world. I will pull from my memoir, Cutting Back—My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto, to illustrate how the Japanese use native plants to evoke the wild Japanese landscape, and also tricks Japanese garden craftsmen use to design with native plants over time. I will present images of Kyoto gardens in historic buildings, monasteries, private homes and an emperor’s villa. 



*Most presentations will require A/V (computer, projector, and microphone).

Talk fees range from $100-300 (travel/food/lodging negotiable). 

I am happy to consider combining presentations for multiple groups pooling resources. Feel free to get in touch to discuss the possibilities at