Japanese Garden Rededication Ceremony
The New Hanover County Arboretum celebrated the renovation of its Japanese Garden and Tea House with a dedication ceremony on Saturday, April 14th. The festivities were held at the Arboretum gardens located at 6206 Oleander Drive in Wilmington.

The Arboretum's Japanese Garden was originally installed in 1992 and featured four varieties of white azaleas representing snowfall as they bloom in succession. The garden utilizes stone, water and plants to create a peaceful atmosphere that reflects the tranquility and beauty of nature.

The recent transformation was prompted by a generous grant from the Cape Fear Garden Club to renovate the old water feature. Over time, the stream and ponds had ceased to function properly and in order to proceed with construction, the decision was made to dismantle the garden and develop a new, more cohesive plan that is more in keeping with the Japanese Garden tradition.

The newly renovated garden features larger ponds, a wider stream and a total of nine waterfalls over a distance of nearly 150 feet. A new cedar panel fence in a traditional Japanese design was installed along the perimeter. Masses of plants grace the new garden, embracing the Japanese practice of recreating nature in a small space. The new design relies heavily on evergreens and plants with four season interest. The dry garden is also being expanded and will be enclosed by a waist-high fence.Ongoing events during the ceremony include Bonsai and Ikebana exhibits, traditional Japanese dress, and David Key playing Shakuhachi.

The New Hanover County Arboretum is seven acres of beautiful educational gardens in the heart of New Hanover County and is a stop on the 2012 Azalea Festival Garden Tour.
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