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Meet our Imperial Guardian Lions

Meet our Imperial Guardian Lions. Thanks to Jimmy Ishii with Sekisui for this generous donation, these new marble sculptures now guard the entrance of the Asian Garden. Known in Chinese as shí shī which means “stone lion," they are often called "Foo Dogs" and are symbolic of power and protection
November is a wonderful time to visit our Asian Garden to see fall color. The Japanese Maples are famous for their fall color which is actually the leaves turning different colors before they drop for the winter. Depending on the variety of maple, the colors range from yellow to gold to red and even burgundy. Most years, the fall color lasts until Thanksgiving.
The original Japanese Maples were donated by the late nurseryman Plato Touliatous in honor of his parents. In 2012, Plato Touliatous passed away and his family donated many plants from Plato's nursery. The entire Asian garden is dedicated to Plato’s memory. There were many new Japanese Maples and many species of other Asian trees, shrubs and perennials. There is also a beautiful stone bridge that was hand carved and imported from China and lots of rock that has been incorporated into the landscape. It is truly a generic Asian Garden because the plants are Japanese, Chinese and Korean. A big portion of the art in the Asian Garden, which includes several lanterns, a small Buddha, a lovely stone Chinese Goddess and a small pair of Foo Dogs were donated by Jan Sayers, who had been MBG volunteer coordinator many years ago.
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at 1:39 PM


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