Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden Podcast Project

The Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden Podcast Project was a partnership between the Saint Paul - Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC) and the Minnesota Historical Society. The podcasts served to document key individuals involved in the creation of the garden and SPNSCC’s commitment to the garden as a symbol of the friendship between the cities of Nagasaki, Japan and Saint Paul. 

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Click on image to browse all photos. Thank you to Peter Leach, Rogelio Silva and JoAnn Blatchley, who donated the photos for this project.  

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SPNSCC members interviewed key individuals involved in the creation and maintenance of the The Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden, formerly known as the The Como Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden.

a. Introduction: An Expression of Friendship - The Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden was completed in 1991 and designed by Nagasaki landscape architect Masami Matsuda.  
b. Rocks: Finding the Face of the Garden - Learn about the extensive process it took to lay the foundation to the garden.
c. Trial and Error: Adapting the Japanese Garden Essence for Minnesota -The majority of plants used in Japanese gardens are evergreen trees and shrubs. This unique display uses Minnesota hardy plants but still conveys the essence of a Japanese garden.
d. The Tea House: Creating a Sacred Place - The tea house is where the Chanoyu tea ceremony is performed several times a summer by a volunteer tea host. Learn about building a tea house made with indigenous Minnesota materials. 
e. The Garden’s Legacy: Volunteers and Visionaries - Both the garden and the tea house were designed by Masami Matsuda, a ninth-generation landscape designer from Nagasaki. This garden serves as a living legacy for Matsuda, the friendship between the cities of Nagasaki and Saint Paul, and the volunteers that work to maintain and celebrating the garden. 
 
Adult Participants: Bill Pesek, Joan Murphy, Chris Rossow, Patricia Katagiri, Carol Weston Hanson

Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden
The garden is a living symbol of the peace and friendship that exists between Saint Paul and its sister city Nagasaki, Japan. A renowned landscape designer in Nagasaki, Masami Matsuda, created the garden according to time honored Japanese design principles in the Sansui mountain-and-water style, using plants and trees that are hardy in Minnesota. Infused with true Japanese design, the garden is meant to delight the senses. The design of the garden was a gift from the people of Nagasaki to the people of Saint Paul.  

Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee
The Committee is committed to cultural understanding and appreciation, through both public and members-only events, and the continual development of our sister city relationship with Nagasaki, Japan. It was commissioned as the first Japanese-American city partnership in 1955, predating the International Sister City Affiliation enacted by Congress during the Eisenhower administration. Its purpose was, and continues to be, to promote beneficial relationships between the American and Japanese people in the two cities, and to promote the cause of peace.
 

Project Details

Date: May 2012 - July 2012
Partner(s): JoAnn Blatchley, Kaitlin Ostlie, and Kristen Mastel of the Saint Paul - Nagasaki Sister City Committee; Maren Levad, Minnesota Historical Society, Project Manager
Location: Saint Paul, MN

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