And our Japanese Garden business is going so well that we’re downsizing. Bonsai… we’re Turning Gardenese!
With my own little Charlie Dimmock venturing into the gardening business herself there is a constant flow of plants to our home.
And pots, clippings and books scattered around.
So it’ll not surprise you to know that we’re zooming into a Japanese gardening special from our friends at Travel Department.
Frances, our flower
Horticulturist Frances McDonald, an alumni from Ireland’s National Botanic Gardens, is running us through what’s made in Japan.
Frances has been leading garden tours for 25 years home and abroad and has compiled TD’s tours for this year and next.
We learned too to love our Japanese gardens living in Ireland’s Garden County, Co. Wicklow.
Frances, who leads many of the tours herself, is a blooming marvel with her knowledge of all things flowery.
And that obviously at this time of the year means the Sakura.
Cherry Blossom, to you and me, which heralds the arrival of Spring.
TD offers a 12-night Gardens and Sights of Japan holiday departing in March 2022. From €512pp.
You’ll take in the ancient city of Kyoto with its memorable gardens and temples.
You’ll overnight near Mount Fiji and visit the seaside town of Kamakura to see more foliage and the Great Buddha.
Tokyo may be skyscrapers to you and me but TD will guide you around its wondrous gardens.
The showcase of which is the Imperial Palace East Garden.
You’ll also visit Happo-en for Ikebana (flower-arranging) and a traditional tea ceremony.
You can’t go to Tokyo, of course, without going on a shopping spree (I’d live to regret that).
The Asakusa Kannon Temple, one of the oldest shopping areas of Tokyo is your go-to.
So that’s our evening sorted tonight.
Or Sakura Sadie’s… I’ll catch up later after I watch 22 men run after a ball on the green, green grass of a football pitch.
While she’s Turning Gardenese.