Japanese Garden Lecture with Hugo Torii

  • 09 Jul 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Tansley Woods Community Centre, Rooms 1 and 2

This event is organized by the Japan Foundation, Toronto, City of Burlington, and the Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto.

Hugo Torii will be speaking about Japanese Gardens on July 9th in Burlington. At the lecture, participants will learn about Japanese gardens, techniques and plants and be able to ask questions to both Hugo Torii and the Itabashi Garden Designer, Virginia Burt.

Tansley Woods Community Centre, Rooms 1 & 2

1996 Itabashi Way

Burlington, Ontario, L7M 4J8

Hugo TORII is currently the Director of Ground Maintenance at the Portland Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon. He earned his Master’s degree in Landscape Design from the Kyoto University of Art and Design and has studied both Japanese gardens and Japanese aesthetics in horticulture; he also has a background in floristry. During his career to date, Hugo Torii has spent over 3 years at Peter Berg Landscape Design in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, and 12 years’ working for Ueyakato Landscape Co. Ltd., as a Gardener and Landscape Architect in Kyoto, Japan. During this time he also managed several projects of note including the Japanese garden and greeneries for the 24-hectare Keihanna Commemorative Park and the 5,000 square-meter Yosuien Japanese strolling pond garden. Other projects included the annual maintenance of pine trees at Nijo Castle and Team Leader in the street trees maintenance program of Kyoto City.

Virginia Burt, FCSLA, FASLA, Virginia Burt Designs

Since founding Virginia Burt Designs (VBD) in 1996, Virginia has designed and directed healing landscapes for private residential, educational and public clients. VBD has established a reputation for creating gardens and landscapes of meaning. Virginia’s work has achieved international recognition receiving multiple awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Palladio and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. She is one of seven women in the world with Fellowships from both societies for outstanding contribution to the profession. Clients appreciate and value her deep respect for place and for the human dimensions of each project. Virginia gets things built – beautifully.


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