Garden Guy Dale K. visits the sansui Japanese garden at Como Park Zoo and Observatory -- a garden that ranks among the top 12 of its kind in North America.
A gift from St. Paul's sister city Nagasaki, the horticultural masterpiece is primed and ready for the awe and delight of Minnesota visitors.
The recent ranking comes from Sukiya Living Magazine, a popular Japanese gardening journal.
"We feel exceptionally honored to be recognized for the restoration efforts taken on last year to present our Japanese Garden at its best advantage and intended design," said Tina Dombrowski, horticultural curator at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, in a press release. "During the past year when it was closed for the construction of The Ordway Gardens, our focus encompassed defining and refurbishing the garden to reflect the original intentions of Nagasaki designer Masami Matsuda, and I believe that our horticulturists succeeded beautifully."
To maintain the cultural integrity of the gardens, Marjorie McNeely Conservatory staff consulted with internationally recognized Japanese garden design expert John Powell.