Peace garden honors late professor PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Garden Editor   
Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:50
J.J. Kawashima is seen at the gate of the Fuji Kawashima tea garden July 16, 2013 at Simpson Park in Bowling Green, Ohio. The garden is named after her late husband. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
An “authentic” Japanese tea garden is now located in Bowling Green.
The Kawashima Peace Garden will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Simpson Garden Park, located at the corner of Conneaut Avenue and Wintergarden Road.
This garden honors Dr. Fujiya “Fuji” Kawashima, a widely-respected professor of Asian history at Bowling Green State University, who passed away in 2006.
Dr. Michelle Grigore, director of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department, is very excited about the latest garden area at the facility.
“It’s going to be a very special garden. It is a very accurate depiction of a true Japanese tea garden,” Grigore said. “It will provide a taste of the Far East, here in the midwest.”
Kawashima, a Japanese native, came to Bowling Green in 1970 to teach and was instrumental in the establishment of the university’s Asian History program and was working to develop a Peace Studies Program at the university at the time of his death.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 11:11
Peace garden dedication PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:47
The dedication of the Kawashima Peace Garden will be Saturday at Simpson Garden Park
10:45 a.m. - The Kazenodaichi Taiko Team from Bowling Green State University will welcome visitors with traditional Japanese drumming.
11 a.m. - Welcome address by Dr. Michelle Grigore, director of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department,
• Bowling Green's mayor Dick Edwards speaks, followed by the official ribbon cutting with the Kawashima family and the mayor, to officially open the garden.
• The Taiko Team again performs as guests visit the garden.
11:15 a.m. to noon - An open reception in the meeting room of the Simpson building.
Garden Briefs: 07-12-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 July 2013 09:02
Daylily garden open
WESTON - Church's Daylily Gardens, 15201 Van Tassel Road, Weston, will again be open for free public tours from now until Aug. 7.
Jack Church has grown more than 1,000 daylily cultivars. Individuals, garden clubs or other small groups interested in touring the gardens should call (419) 669-2869 to arrange a date for the tour.
Garden Club: 07-18-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:47
Twelve members of the Four Seasons Garden Club met July 1 at the home of Jean Long for a tour of her gardens and a program on drying flowers.
Long showed the members how she picks the flowers, puts them in bunches and hangs them on drying racks for two to three weeks and then uses them to a make wreaths and other arrangements.
Roll call was answered by naming a flower each members has dried.
The Pemberville Fair Flower Show was discussed. More assignments were made for niches, tables and work schedule. Set up time is Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m.  Tear down is Aug. 20 at 9 p.m.
The September meeting will be a tea party at the Pemberville Library. Members are encouraged to wear hats and gloves.
Community gardens still growing strong PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Garden Editor   
Friday, 12 July 2013 08:45
Rene Tricou (left) and Adam Vaughn working in the community garden at First United Methodist Church in Bowling Green. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
For the last several years, there have been two community garden plots at Bowling Green churches.
The Bowling Green Community Gardens are coordinated through The Common Good, a non-profit organization of the United Christian Fellowship.
Two of the most dedicated volunteers were working Wednesday at the garden located at First United Methodist Church on East Wooster St. The other garden is located at Peace Lutheran Church on West Wooster St., near the Bowling Green fire station in that area.
Adam Vaughn serves as the manager/coordinator of the program, he is joined on a regular basis by Rene Tricou. Both are seniors at Bowling Green State University and dedicated to the gardens. The gardens have been function under this format since at least 2009.
Often times there are others who assist in the gardens, but both stress that these gardens are as the name implies for the community.
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