Gardening lovers in Okinawa are looking forward to visiting private gardens in 24 locations opened to everyone for "Open Garden" which is taking place in Nanjo City, Okinawa. The owners of those home gardens have long worked on their private properties and prepared for the unique event.
I was watching a local TV program in which Mr. Awa, one of the owners who participated in the event, answered for the interview, saying he worked on his 6,611㎡ of land for many years.
He said, "I enjoy working on my garden. Many birds come here. I'm happy to share the environment with many visitors."
Various hibiscus flowers are among the most attractive plants, pleasing the eyes of visitors. Other plants includes Chinese Ixora (Jungle Flame or Needle Flower), bush morning-glory, cycads, etc. Mr. Awa even took advantage of a rugged natural lime stone in his garden to find a perfect blend of arrangement by human hands and beauty through natural processes.
Nanjo City Tourism Information Center created "Open Garden Map" for the event. Maps are available at the center for ￥200 per copy.
★To locate of the tourism center, click here for Google map
Transportation by car from Naha Airport (A) to the tourism center (B)
The city's tourism association held Spring Open Garden earlier this year, when 13 citizens opened their private gardens. This time, in the period of comfortable autumnal breeze, 24 owners are happy to take visitors around their gardens and share their pride and joy.
If you are familiar with British style or Japanese style gardens, Nanjo City's project will offer opportunities to see subtropical gardens, that is, a horticulture nurtured in a distinctly Okinawan manner.
Period: Nov. 8th (Mon.) through Nov. 14 (Sun.)
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This blog is created by a local tour guide born and raised in the northern region of Okinawa island. This lush mountainous area is locally known as Yanbaru, and the name means to the locals as a place to enjoy and appreciate nature.
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