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Como-Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden
URL:Goto this web site  http://www.ci.saint-paul.mn.us/parksrec/garden/tourstart.html 
Name:Como-Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden 



 
Alternate Name:Como Park Conservatory 
Address:1325 Aida Place 
Mailing Address: 
City:St. Paul 
State:Minnesota 
Postal Code:55103 
Country:UNITED STATES 
Latitude/Longitude:lat=44.975634; long=-93.143779
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Weather:current weather 
Phone:651.489.1970 
Fax: 
E-Mail: 
Contact: 
Designer(s):Masami Matsuda 
Contruction Date:1975 (restored in 1990's) 
Public/Private:PUBLIC 
Hours:Open daily, Mother's Day to Labor Day,11:30 to 4:30; Tuesdays open until 8:00 p.m 
Admission:Admission is through the conservatory garden and is only $1 
Added to JGarden:2/1/1998 
Last Updated:7/8/2000 
JGarden Description:Designed by Masami Matsuda in 1975, the garden was restored to its original state in the early 1990's, again with Mr. Matsuda help. The garden includes a tea house with gardens available for viewing from a handicapped accessible ramp. The tea house is open only for tea ceremonies on two Saturdays a month to those with reservations. The tea master has studied tea more than 8 years and is a certified instructor, volunteering her time for the tea ceremonies. Anyone on the garden's mailing list can attend a tea ceremony. To attend a tea ceremony, reservations must be made when forms are sent to names on the mailing list early in the year. The reservation requests are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis and members of the 'Friends of the Conservatory' receive preference. Membership in the Friends is as low as $25. Volunteers staff the garden and when possible, guests can receive a tour of the tea house and gardens. 




Japan a great stone garden in the sea.
Echoes of hoes and weeding,
Centuries of leading hill-creeks down
To ditch and pool in fragile knee deep fields.
Leafy sunshine rustling on a man
Chipping a foot-square rough hinoki beam;
I thought I heard an axe chop in the woods
It broke the dream; and woke up dreaming on a train.
It must have been a thousand years ago
In some old mountain sawmill of Japan.
A horde of excess poets and unwed girls
And I that night prowled Tokyo like a bear
Tracking the human future
Of intelligence and despair.

  Gary Snyder
  Riprap

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