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Garden talks among
highlights at Japan House open house
Forrest , News Bureau
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Garden
talks by James A. Bier will be among the highlights of the annual fall
open house at the University of Illinois' Japan House on Oct. 14.
The event will take place
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the house, located at 2000 S. Lincoln Ave.,
Bier, a retired UI geography
department cartographer, has spent the past year and a half designing
and building the tea garden located on the west side of Japan House.
He and his wife, Lori, also provided the funding for the garden. They
will be honored for their contribution at the open house.
James Bier will give talks
at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. They will focus on his work on the tea garden,
which he says is "85 percent completed," and plans for creating a dry
garden just east of Japan House and a stroll garden by one of the nearby
Bier said he finished most
of tea-garden landscaping two months ago. "Now I'm just waiting for
the shade, which will take about three years, before I can plant ferns
and other shade-loving plants. Trees take time to grow," he said.
In addition to Bier's talks,
the open house will feature tea ceremonies, conducted throughout the
day by the Japan House Urasenke Tea Study Group. Japanese calligraphy
and calligraphy implements also will be on display.