30th Apr 2018
Celebrate the Hanami on May 5th
The Irish National Stud & Gardens, in association with the Embassy of Japan in Ireland, is celebrating the launch of the newly re-developed Garden of Meditation. The garden was originally created in the 1980’s as a Garden of Eternity. The original design by John Colleran, portrayed the link between the human and spiritual elements of human existence. Our new Garden of Meditation re-interpreted by Yvonne O Conor, emphasizes the simplicity of Zen thinking and invites the viewer towards meditation through contemplation. On May 4th, the Garden of Meditation will be officially opened by Her Excellency Mrs Mari Miyoshi the Japanese Ambassador. Cathal Beale (CEO) said “We are delighted to welcome Her Excellency to officially open our new Garden of Meditation and to yet again celebrate the close ties between our two cultures”.
To help celebrate this significant event the Irish National Stud & Gardens are hosting a Hanami Festival on Saturday the 5th of May. Come and join us in celebrating this unique event.
The ‘Hanami’ or flower viewing is the centuries-old Japanese custom of families and groups all over Japan coming together to enjoy springtime and the viewing of the beautiful ‘Sakura’ or cherry blossom.
A terrific line up of activities including origami workshops, fan painting and much more will take place throughout the day. To finish the festivities a guided historical tour of the over 100-year-old Japanese Garden will be given by our expert Horticulturalist, Yvonne O’Conor.
All workshops and tours are included in the regular entrance fee.
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