Noted Garden Expert Visits New Orleans and our Garden

Kendall Brown is professor of Asian art history at California State University, Long Beach; he is also the current President of the North American Japanese Garden Association. He was in New Orleans last year to preside as curator of an exhibition of Noh masks at the New Orleans Museum of Art, and to attend Japan Fest.

We were delighted that Prof. Brown (who prefers being called Ken) wanted to take the time to visit the Yakumo garden. Board President Mike Mitchell and President Emeritus Jack Strong met with Prof. Brown on Oct. 9, 2015, for a personal tour of the garden. His comments and suggestions were truly insightful and much appreciated.

We were flattered that he found the garden’s design to be excellent and our execution authentic, praising its sense of “enclosure” and “complexity,” two important characteristics of good Japanese gardens.