Sometimes service clubs or other groups ask me to speak about something. The topic is usually work-related, eg. my experiences as a tour guide. Last week, at Dunedin Botanic Garden, I got to speak about another subject close to my heart: Japanese gardens.
HortTalks are a collaboration between Dunedin Public Libraries and Dunedin Botanic Garden. My topic on Friday was 'Rustic idyll to Imperial Palace: a year in Japan'. The idyll referred to was the traditional home I lived in in 2001-02, while the Imperial Palace was Katsura. I also spoke about Kenroku-en garden, in charming Kanazawa (home of the pine tree pictured above).