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.
Hort Talks 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 rustic idyll of the title referred to the traditional home I lived in some years ago, while the Imperial Palace referred to is Katsura. Yet the home boasted wonderful examples of 'ranma', delicately carved panels considered decadent at Katsura; while Katsura had four 'soan chashitsu', or rustic tea houses. It could be argued that Katsura is the idyll.