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Mountain Laurel Garden Club creates holiday piece for Maryland State House


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This Peaceful Garden Lobby Is Hiroshi Sugimoto’s US Architectural Design Debut

“I guess I’m a late-in-life architect,” laughs 69-year-old Hiroshi Sugimoto in front of his first architectural design project in the U.S. The photographer-turned-architect has created a peaceful garden for the lobby of the Japan Society in New York, a gallery dedicated to Japanese art and culture, which celebrates its 110th birthday this year. With traditional Japanese garden elements, including a still pond, bonsai, and Kyoto-produced ceramic tiles, the two-level landscape extends the gallery space with a peaceful green intervention.

Inside one of the city’s youngest landmarked buildings, a waterfall now pulses from the second level down to the first into a pond where stone islands hold a bonsai tree and a teardrop-like sculpture by Sugimoto. “I don’t call it sculpture, though” he clarifies, “It’s a trigonometric function transferred to an actual three-dimensional object.” Instead of traditional bamboo, the use of sculptural bonsai alludes to the exchange of culture between the United States and Japan—this specific plant is only available in the U.S. Cedar-bark walls inlaid with bamboo surround the upper level, where ceramic tiles, handmade in Kyoto, create a platform for another spiraling “3-D object” by the architect.

Sugimoto began his architectural career in Japan, with the recent completion of the Enoura Observatory, part of his Odawara Art Foundation. In his photography work, he often explores the intersection of the Eastern and Western culture (Japan Society is currently showing an exhibition of his design that traces the 16th-century European travels of four Japanese boys, their nation’s first emissaries), and his first architectural project in the U.S. seems to follow suit. Looks like we’ve found our new favorite quiet place.

Get Growing: Gloria offers tips that will protect your garden from hungry deer

Special to the Reading Eagle: Gloria Day | Left: Black hard plastic tree cages offer protection from rubbing antlers and hungry deer.
Right: A simple wire cage, recycled from the vegetable garden, will reduce browsing and chewing damage on multi-stem trees.
Above: Netting deer delicacies such as evergreens and shrubs with quarter-inch mesh will deter browsing and damage over the winter.

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