Kinsaku Nakane garden in Boston

the entrance gate to Tenshin-en was renewed after our visit thanks to the efforts of carpenter Chris Hall

the entrance gate to Tenshin-en was renewed after our visit thanks to the efforts of carpenter Chris Hall whose work may be seen on his blog http://thecarpentryway.blogspot.com/

Continuing to post gardens visited, but not yet posted, this entry is to a memorable garden with  connection to Hilo’s Lili`uokalani Gardens.

Designed and installed in the late-1980s by Kinsake Nakane, this garden features the assistance of one of his students, now a well-known landscaper and author, Julie Moir Messervy.

There are viewing benches off to one side of the garden outside. The garden also may be viewed from one of the galleries inside the Museum of Fine Arts.

overview from inside the garden (photo by Bill F. Eger)

detail of the stones from the path

the curving path from the main gate

detail of path transition

Maple at Tenshin-En adjacent to the Boston Fine Arts Museum

The connection to Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo? Kinsaku Nakane designed the stone lantern placement in the late 1960s. Lanterns were delivered by Japanese training ships in 1967 and the lanterns were placed in 1968 to commemorate the centennial of Gannenmono, the first official group of Japanese who came to Hawaii to work in the sugar industry..

For more about the Museum of Fine Arts, please see https://www.mfa.org/

For more about the garden, please see https://www.mfa.org/collections/featured-galleries/japanese-garden-tenshin-en

For more about Kinsaku Nakane, please read https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01445170.1995.10412526

For more about Julie Moir Messervy, please see her design studio Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JulieMoirMesservyDesignStudio/

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