The 2015 World Garden Show in Nagasaki

“Spirits of the Mountain” by Chih-Wei G.V. Chang and Po-Shan Chang of SWA Group designed for Taiwan Garden image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Spirits of the Mountain” by Chih-Wei G.V. Chang and Po-Shan Chang of SWA Group designed for Taiwan Garden
image: Huis Ten Bosch

One of the most prestigious flower and garden shows in the world was held last month at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki, Japan. Now in its sixth year, the show has featured numerous renowned designers and garden makers. For 2015, the Gardening World Cup (GWC) has the theme “My Country, My Culture,” focusing on diverse regional characters and gardening approaches. The event showcases more than 40 gardens in cooperation with designers from more than 30 countries.

Selected from highly competitive submittals, the gardens were granted a full support team and implementing partners that assisted with every detail from beginning through to installation. The workmanship by Japanese contractors has consistently received accolades from designers for their relentless work ethic, high standards, and attention to detail. With such high level sponsorship, the event provides a unique opportunity for international designers to test their innovative design process and expand the boundary of garden making.

Beyond being a garden exhibition, the World Flower Garden Show is also a platform where industry professionals and garden contractors gather to forge partnerships and cater to the needs of Japanese clientele. Japanese garden masters and artists also take advantage of this opportunity in marketing their meticulous craftsmanship and sensibility to the world stage. Important figures who made this event possible include host and sponsor Hideo Sawada of Huis Ten Bosch, Brian Snow, Hitomi Urabe, Yuko Nagamura, and the planning of operation team Gardenia.

You can see more garden entries on the event website.

“Desert Sense with an Urban Style” by Solange Serquis, ASLA, from Santa Fe, New Mexico image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Desert Sense with an Urban Style” by Solange Serquis, ASLA, from Santa Fe, New Mexico
image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Mode of Garden” by Konishi Noriaki of Japan image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Mode of Garden” by Konishi Noriaki of Japan
image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Urban Pocket” by Alex Bartlett and Robert Boltman of bsq. Landscape Design Studio from Canada image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Urban Pocket” by Alex Bartlett and Robert Boltman of bsq. Landscape Design Studio from Canada
image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Mexican Patio” by Desiree Martinez, former president of IFLA image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Mexican Patio” by Desiree Martinez, former president of IFLA
image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Contemporary Thai Garden” by Wannaporn Pui Phornprapha of P Landscape image: Jeab Hathai

“Contemporary Thai Garden” by Wannaporn Pui Phornprapha of P Landscape
image: Jeab Hathai

“The Reflection Garden” by Natasha Iyer of Xanthe White Design image: Huis Ten Bosch

“The Reflection Garden” by Natasha Iyer of Xanthe White Design
image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Garden of Poetic Imagination” by Philip Nixon (www.philipnixondesign.com) from UK image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Garden of Poetic Imagination” by Philip Nixon from the UK
image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Post Modern Escapism” by Paul Hervey-Brookes from the UK image: Chih-Wei G.V. Chang

“Post Modern Escapism” by Paul Hervey-Brookes from the UK
image: Chih-Wei G.V. Chang

“A Glimpse of Uruguay” by Alejandro O’Neill representing Uruguay image: Alejandro O’Neill

“A Glimpse of Uruguay” by Alejandro O’Neill representing Uruguay
image: Alejandro O’Neill

“Dutch Green” by Tom de Witte and Corinne Lecluyse of the Netherlands image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Dutch Green” by Tom de Witte and Corinne Lecluyse of the Netherlands
image: Huis Ten Bosch

“A Great Union of Two Cities” by Vincent Chia (www.tropicplanners.com.sg) of Singapore image: Huis Ten Bosch

“A Great Union of Two Cities” by Vincent Chia of Singapore
image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Tea Garden” by Ross Uebergang (www.rossu.com.au) from Australia image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Tea Garden” by Ross Uebergang from Australia
image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Παρέα(Parea)” by Konstantina Stara of Landscape Architects of Bangkok (http://landscapebangkok.com) designed for Greek garden image: Konstantina Stara

“Παρέα(Parea)” by Konstantina Stara of Landscape Architects of Bangkok designed for the Greek garden
image: Konstantina Stara

“Serenity” by Leon Kluge (www.klugeluutomesdesign.com ) from South Africa image: Huis Ten Bosch

“Serenity” by Leon Kluge from South Africa
image: Huis Ten Bosch

by Chih-Wei G.V. Chang, ASLA, EWRI, LEED-AP. He is an Associate of SWA Group, lecturer in Academy of Art University of San Francisco, and co-chair of International Practice PPN.

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