USCT 011: America’s Best Japanese Gardens – With “Quiet Beauty” Author Ken Brown

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USCTIn this episode of the US City Traveler Podcast, you get to meet Dr. Ken Brown, the author of “Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America,” a book that profiles 26 of the most beautiful and serene Japanese Gardens of the area, offering a thought provoking look at why Japanese gardens have been part of North American culture for almost 150 years. Ken is a graduate of Yale University, a Professor of Asian Art History, and the future president of The North American Japanese Garden Association. Today he’ll be sharing everything from how these gardens differ from the original ones in Japan, to giving us tips on how to make the most out of our visits to these fabulous gardens.


More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about: 

  • Get to know the various types of Japanese gardens and what makes one stand out from another.
  • Learn about the rarest plants that we could expect to see in these gardens.
  • Learn which of these gardens that Ken considers to be the very best.
  • Find out which are the most unique.
  • Learn about the oldest and newest and how they’ve evolved over the years.
  • Find out what their on-site museums are like.
  • Discover the educational aspect of visiting.
  • Find out about the best time of day and year for visiting.
  • Learn about the sorts of events that we can expect to find.
  • Get Ken’s advice for how to go about creating one of these gardens in your own backyard!
  • And so much more!


Resources and Links Mentioned in this Session Include:

Also be sure to check out our post on the 15 Best Japanese Gardens In America!


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Taylor Goldblatt

After years of research, travel, and dreams, I have created this website for people like you who want to experience the things that only America can offer. My passion is to explore and share America's greatest destinations and attractions. Follow me on Twitter @USCityTraveler for additional travel tips and ideas.

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