The Butchart Chronicles : June 8, 2017

The Butchart Gardens Visits Japan

19th International Roses & Gardening Show  

May 12th - 16th, 2017 | Tokyo, Japan

A couple of years ago a young man named Shimpei Oishi suggested to NHK Television (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) that a garden should be built at the International Roses and Garden Show in Japan to recognize Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

Shimpei’s desire was to have a garden built to honour and showcase the beauty of The Butchart Gardens as he felt that this was, by far, the best garden in Canada.

Both NHK and The Butchart Gardens agreed to his proposal and a partnership was formed. Garden designer Mark Chapman consulted with The Butchart Gardens on the design of the garden and Mark actually came to personally visit us to get a better feel of what he was to be representing as well as what he might be able to create in a small-scale, indoor garden.

In the end, Mark was very successful in creating a show garden that embodied the essence of The Butchart Gardens.   

Ross McKay and I (pictured below) were honored to be sent to Japan to supervise the installation of this display as well as to participate in the opening ceremony which was officially opened by Princess Tomohito of Mikasa. 

We are delighted that nearly 200,000 visitors attending the show were greeted by this 'Welcome Garden'. We hope the garden provided them with a small taste of The Butchart Gardens experience, and will ultimately entice them to come for the full garden experience here in Victoria.

Quick facts about the 19th International Roses and Garden Show

  • Welcome Garden: The Butchart Gardens
  • Opening Ceremony: May 11, 2017
  • In attendance: Princess Tomohito of Mikasa (also known as Princess Nobuko)
  • Estimated show attendance: 200,000
  • Show Producer and Major Sponsor: NHK, Japan’s National Public Broadcasting Corporation
  • Garden Sponsor: NHK Educational Corporation
  • Garden Designer: Mark Chapman
  • Garden Promoter: Shimpei Oishi (Executive Director - FG Musashi Co. Ltd.)