Japanese Courtyard Garden at Phipps Conservatory

Phipps Conservatory

The Japanese Garden Courtyard was originally built by Kurisu and then renovated nearly thirty years later.

Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Approx. 6,500 square feet
1991 & 2018
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For over a century, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has been Pittsburgh's green oasis, connecting residents to the beauty and importance of nature while advancing the role of the public garden in the fields of education, outreach and sustainable innovation.

pond at Japanese Courtyard Garden at Phipps Conservatory
Located in a courtyard nestled within Phipps' extensive grounds and beautiful glasshouses, the popular Japanese Courtyard Garden provides a distinct, rejuvenating experience for visitors.
pond, trees, and bench at Japanese Courtyard Garden at Phipps Conservatory
Originally designed and built by Kurisu in 1991, the Japanese courtyard garden has recently undergone a renovation to restore the design to its original intent. The Kurisu team was honored to revisit this project after nearly three decades since its original construction.

In December 2017, Kurisu met with Phipps' horticulture team to observe how the garden has evolved since its installation and share ideas for the future. Kurisu worked closely with Phipps on renovation and maintenance plans, focusing on traditional Japanese pruning techniques, restoring balance and proportion and adding new plants to optimize the flow of energy within the courtyard. Phipps Director of Horticulture and Education Margie Radebaugh stated, “We are excited to continue to enhance one of the most serene, reflective spaces at Phipps.” Phipps' Japanese garden design is particularly innovative in that it combines of the art forms of Japanese gardens and bonsai. Viewing a bonsai display of such high caliber within a Japanese garden is relatively rare, and the contrast creates a unique harmony between micro and macro perspectives. To learn more visit the Phipps Conservatory website.

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Healing Gardens

Our Japanese-style healing gardens are designed with an intention for restoration on the deepest levels. We incorporate the ancient philosophies and techniques of Japanese garden design to reawaken the connection between people and nature – between ourselves and the larger, timeless cycles of change and regeneration.

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