Turning over new leaves

Environment | GARDENS FOR ALL Dec 26, 2002

Turning over new leaves

by Gerard Taaffe

Time seems to fly by. With 2003 just around the corner, major housework operations are in order to enter the year with everything sparkling. Garden companies, too, will be busy cleaning up gardens. Pruning pine trees and cutting hedges, known as hagari (lit. "leaf-cutting") ...

Aliens add to autumn show

Environment | GARDENS FOR ALL Oct 24, 2002

Aliens add to autumn show

by Gerard Taaffe

Autumn in Japan is a colorful season, and not only because of the famed koyo foliage of its trees. In gardens, fields and roadsides, too, flowers burst forth as if to celebrate the return of sensible weather after the long, sweaty rigors of summer. ...

A wetland wonderland way out west

Environment | GARDENS FOR ALL Aug 8, 2002

A wetland wonderland way out west

by Gerard Taaffe

In Tessei town in western Okayama, there is a wetland called Koi-ga-kubo Shitsugen whose range of rare and interesting flora makes even the difficulty of getting there well worthwhile. Located in the Chugoku mountain chain that runs through western Honshu, the area is now home ...

Osaka's peaceful heart

Environment | GARDENS FOR ALL Jul 11, 2002

Osaka's peaceful heart

by Gerard Taaffe

In 1972, two years after the Japan International Exposition in Osaka, redevelopment work began on the site. The result, eight years later, was the 260-hectare Expolands Green Oasis, which has now matured into a wonderful parkland with a wide range of attractions and facilities. While ...

Water, water irises everywhere

Environment | GARDENS FOR ALL Jun 13, 2002

Water, water irises everywhere

by Gerard Taaffe

For those who live in Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, tsuyu officially began last week. Although in some years little or no rain falls in this rainy season, I personally always hope the heavens open to give some respite from the relentless heat. Two plants to ...