Explore Chinese gardens

For its first meeting of the year, the local Rhdodendron Society gathers tonight at 7 p.m. at the Eureka Woman’s Club, 1531 J St. Along with the program, there will be a photo presentation by Don Wallace about the plants that will be offered in the opportunity drawing.

The meeting is open to everyone interested in learning more about rhododendrons, with time for questions regarding selection and maintenance. Refreshments will be provided.

World travelers Paula and Verne Trinoskey’s program on Chinese gardens is described in Paula Trinoskey’s words:

“(We) spent late 2018 exploring Chinese gardens which were the inspiration for the first formal gardens in Japan. Although they are the basis for the Japanese gardens that we love so well, they are fundamentally different. The Chinese garden style has a long history going back 3,000 years. It includes both the vast gardens of the imperial family and the wealthy, and the more intimate gardens created by scholars and poets, etc. These scholars’ gardens are designed to mimic nature, and it is reflected in the intimate gardens of the Japanese.

A lake statue is pictured in a Chinese garden. (Courtesy of the Trinoskeys)

“A large Chinese garden is enclosed by walls and includes one or more ponds, rock works, trees and flowers, and an assortment of halls and pavilions within the garden, connected by winding paths and zig-zag galleries. By moving from structure to structure, visitors can view a series of carefully composed scenes, unrolling like a scroll of landscape paintings, while the choice of plants and rocks can produce a poetic narrative. One feature that stands out in Chinese gardens is the intricate pathways constructed of contrasting pebbles. The talk which incorporates a few of the hundreds of photos Verne took, may give you gardeners a few new ideas.”

For more information about the program or the local Rhododendron Society, call 707-443-0604.



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