Hiro Okusa was hard at work reinforcing the rockwalls of the Japanese garden in Cottonwood Falls Park last week.

Japanese garden in Nelson receives facelift

Burnaby's Hiro Okusa was in Nelson recently to check in on the garden he created for Nelson's Cottonwood Falls Park

The Japanese garden in Cottonwood Falls Park received a facelift last week, with the garden’s creator Hiro Okusa in town to oversee the process of pruning, cleaning up and reconstructing the crumbling rock walls.

“Theres a nice waterfall here, and I took advantage of it. The Japanese maples and the Japanese cherry trees have been very popular, and all the rocks were found here in the surrounding area,” said Okusa, who originally installed the garden ten years ago.

Jimmy Sawada of the Nelson Izushi Friendship Society was helping out, as was a representative from the city. Two Japanese students, Yuki Izu and Akira Nishimoto, accompanied Okusa and put in some time weeding and raking.

Akusa said the park is a labour of love, and does not receive city funding, but recently Mayor Deb Kozak told him they’re investigating ways for the city to help out.

“Every year we have a work party going on here. We’re doing pruning, general cleaning, and this year we undertook rebuilding the crumbling rock walls,” said Sawada.

The Nelson garden has a Japanese counterpart in Izushi, Japan. The gardens are meant to demonstrate the close relationship between the two cities.

Just Posted

Feds, B.C. to expand Darkwoods Conservation area

New funding allows the national land trust to add some 7,900 hectares to the Darkwoods Conservation Area

Good fencing makes good neighbours— especially when your neighbours are bears

Workshop in Pass Creek this weekend to promote benefits of proper protection for livestock

Laird Creek residents still hoping for independent report on logging road

Logging company wants to reopen road that residents believe caused slide in 2011

Kootenay region posts 10-per-cent return rate on electoral reform ballots

As of Nov. 13, only 5.3 per cent of ballots had been returned province-wide

Baloney Meter: Will tougher penalties for gang members make Canada safer?

Since 2013, gang-related homicides in Canada’s largest cities have almost doubled

Early data suggests no spike in pot-impaired driving after legalization: police

Some departments said it’s too early to provide data, others said initial numbers suggest stoned driving isn’t on the rise

Protesters confront Environment Minister in B.C.

Protesters wanting more for killer whales confront Catherine McKenna

Humans reshaping evolutionary history of species around the globe: paper

University of British Columbia researcher had the paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society

Toronto ‘carding’ activist Desmond Cole stopped by police in Vancouver

Cole says his experience reveals what daily life is like for black and Indigenous residents

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

B.C. on track to record same number of overdose deaths as last year

128 people died of overdoses in September, bringing the total to more than 1,100 so far in 2018

B.C. firefighters rescue horse stuck in mud

‘It happens more often than you’d think,’ says deputy chief

Most Read