Shoyoen

This is the name of the Garden. 'Shoyoen' means 'strolling and refreshing garden'. Shoyoen is recognised as being one of the most authentic Japanese Gardens in Australia. It was gifted to Dubbo by our Sister City Minokamo, Japan.

The abstract and highly stylised miniature landscape is a distinguishing feature of this style of traditional Japanese Garden and is full of religious symbolism and cultural references.


> History
> Elements of the garden
> Plants in the garden
> Image gallery

HISTORY

The garden was designed by students from the Kamo Agricultural and Forestry High School cementing a commitment to growth of understanding and friendship.

Work on the garden began on 25 February 2002 with the planting of the first cherry trees. The 'ground breaking' ceremony was performed by a Shinto priest, Mr Toshiyiuki Hasabe.

Shoyoen was officially opened on the 23 November 2002, the 153rd anniversary of the founding of Dubbo and the 13th year since the establishment of the Sister City relationship between Dubbo and Minokamo.

The new entrance gate 'sukiyamon' was constructed in March 2013 by Japanese craftsmen and is one of the finest in either Australia or Japan.

ELEMENTS OF THE GARDEN

Significant elements within Shoyoen include:
• the waterfall, streams and lake that symbolises human existence: birth, growth and death
• Japanese Koi or 'living flowers'
• The tea hut or 'Chaoya'. The tea hut is named 'Jurian' that means 'happiness and long life house'
• The dry garden landscape or 'karesansui'. Gravel is raked into patterns representing waves while rocks or mounds may represent a mountain or island

PLANTS IN THE GARDEN INCLUDE:

COMMON NAME

BOTANIC NAME

JAPANESE NAME

Camellia

Camellia japonica

Tsubaki

Cherry Tree

Prunus serrulata spp.

Sakura

Perrywinkle

Vinca minor

Nichinichiso

Crepe Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica

Saru-suberi

Maple

Acer palmatum

Momiji

Iris

Iris laevigata

Kakitsubata

Japanese Red Pine

Pinus densifola

Akamatsu

Japanese Black Pine

Pinus thubergii

Kuromatsu

Day Lilly

Hemerocallis spp.

Kanzo

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum spp.

Kiku

Hydrangea

Hydrangea sp.

Ajiasi

False Cypress

Chamaecyparis sp.

Chibohiba

Bull Bay Magnolia

Magnolia grandiflora

Mikuren

Maiden Hair Tree

Gingko biloba

Icho

Japanese Persimmon

Diospyros kaki

Kaki