Last year’s Gardens for Peace raking at the Malott Japanese Garden. Video courtesy of Olivia Smith
August 7 – 31, Garden hours
Volunteer hours for cranes (if available):
Weekdays, 11–3 p.m.; Weekends, 11–4 p.m.
Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden
Free with Garden admission
To calm your mind, simply walk over the arched bridge to the Malott Japanese Garden, a place that evokes harmony and balance. This year, the dry garden is taking on special significance, as part of a national project to promote peace.
Just as you might see in a museum piece, there is art and meaning in the raked pattern of the gravel, a rendering of the Japanese word for peace, heiwa. The pattern was designed by enamel artist Toshiko Tanaka, a survivor of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.
“The idea behind it reminds us how precious peace is for all humanity,” said Ayse Pogue, the Japanese Garden’s senior horticulturist.
Tanaka created the pattern as part of the North American Japanese Garden Association’s Gardens for Peace project, bringing communities together to promote peace. As part of the effort at the Malott Japanese Garden, volunteers will hand out origami paper cranes, a symbol of peace.