ABQ BioPark Hosts Landscape Architect that Designed Sasebo Japanese Garden in 2007

Toru Tanaka is a noted authority in Japanese landscape design.

April 21, 2021 - The ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden is welcoming a very special visitor this week. Toru Tanaka, the landscape architect that designed the Sasebo Japanese Garden, which opened in 2007, arrived on April 19 and will be on site throughout the week.

Tanaka is giving guidance and recommendations to help the Botanic Garden follow best practices in Japanese garden design. He and his team will also perform maintenance activities such as the critical pruning that gives cloud-pine and other trees and shrubs in the Japanese garden their traditional, iconic shapes. In addition, Tanaka is consulting with staff on the design, framework and maintenance of a future bonsai display.
"We are delighted to continue working with Toru as he guides us on how to continue to maintain the integrity of our Japanese garden by utilizing traditional practices," said Maria Thomas, ABQ BioPark curator of plants. "He has years of expertise in Japanese landscape design and has been an invaluable resource over the years."
Tanaka is founder and president of Portland Landscape Design and Japanese Garden Specialty, and is a noted authority in Japanese landscape design, construction and maintenance. He has created thousands of public, residential and commercial gardens in Japan and North America. A full biography on Tanaka can be found here:
Tanaka's team's visit was paid for by the New Mexico BioPark Society.
The Sasebo Japanese Garden was built in honor of Sasebo, Japan, one of Albuquerque's sister cities.