Event Schedule 2018
Opening of the Garden
A true feeling of spring envelopes the garden as Barakura opens for the spring season. The last of the snows are melting away, and the young spring bulbs are beginning to emerge from their winters rest. Such perennial favourites as Crocus, Snowdrops (Galanthus), Winter Aconites (Eranthis) and mini Iris (reticulata & histrioides) are among the harbingers of spring.
From the 16th to the 18th a Mongolian musician Mr. Dolion will be entertaining in the garden, giving renditions on the Horse Head Koto. Also this month sees the resumption of our volunteer group for 2018. From Wednesday March 21st every Wednesday from 10am until 5pm, in 2 hour blocks our local volunteers will be busy helping in the garden and learning gardening techniques. Each 2 hour block is rewarded with a 1,000yen meal coupon.
Golden week brings Barakura’s symbol flower into bloom, Fritillaria meleagris the Snake’s Head Fritillary, with it’s mosaic like patterned brownish-red or white flowers. It is said this is the Queen of Fritillaries. But we don’t just have Fritillaries growing in the garden at Barakura, many other species of bulbs and spring flowers will also be showing at this time of year, Narcissus, Tulips, Scilla, Chionodoxa are a few of the bulbs which will be complimenting the Cherries, Magnolias and Spireas which also flower at this time of year.
From April 25th to 27th we have the Miss Kay Yamada’s Rosy Life brand fashion collection. From April 28th until May 6th garden entertainment will be provided each day by Ms Mandy Dunstall, a renowned British opera singer, giving renditions of songs from opera, the classics and contemporary music. Ms Dunstall will be giving three small concerts each day at 11am, 1:30pm, and 3,30pm.
This year we have many foreign guests coming to Barakura. The first of which is Times correspondent Mr. Stephen Anderton who is lecturing at the Kay Yamada Garden School Spring Seminars from April 18th to 21st.
Also from the end of April we have Mr. Paul Williams, one of English Gardening’s premier Container Gardening experts, Plantsmen and Garden Designers, coming to help in the garden and give lectures during our Golden Week Plants Seminar from April 28th to 30th and from May 3rd to 6th. Mr Williams will be at Barakura from about April 25th until May 25th.
Barakura’s spring garden is always a riot of colour. with many varieties of bulbs including Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, Iris, Pushkinia, and many varieties of Pansy and Viola, with other spring flowers such as Primroses, Cowslips, Spirea, and Lenten Rose, all coming together to produce a vibrant tapestry of floriferous colour and form. During Paradise Garden until May 25th Mr. Paul Williams a renowned British gardening expert and premier container specialist will be helping the garden staff improve certain areas around the garden.
With summer fast approaching, this season is probably the best time to see clematis flowering at Barakura English Garden. Although Clematis in their various forms flower almost year-round, because of the severity of our winters here in the highlands of central Japan, tender Clematis are not suitable for this area. The more hardy montana varieties will begin flowering towards the middle of May followed by the larger flowered varieties around the end of May. So they should be flowering quite well during this event.
Afternoon Tea of Ms Hannah Miles
1 to 3 Jun.
Another special guest visiting us from U.K. is renowned baker of sweets and confections Ms Hannah Miles. Hannah has written many books and appeared in magazines and on radio. She became a finalist in the 2007 series of the BBC Masterchef goes Large, and will be lecturing at Barakura for three days from the 1st to the 3rd of June, at 12 o’clock mid-day and 2pm with a special talk at 11:30am on the 2nd. Not only is Hannah a well-respected baker, but is also an experienced lawyer.
The main flowering period for roses is now upon us at Barakura English Garden, with our many varieties of climbing and shrub roses now coming into flower. Initially the earliest flowering species roses should still have some flowers remaining and our early flowering climbers such as Rambling Rector should be almost full of bloom, with Paul’s Himalayan Musk beginning to open. This is followed by the main flowering of the roses in the rose gardens and the mid season climbing roses on the walls and rose arches. Finally the magnificent Kiftsgate rambler at the front entrance will give a huge display of small white blooms with Dorothy Perkins on the pergola and Evangeline in the Prunus virginiana taking their exalted places at curtain call. This is a truly magical time of the year where many roses and early summer flowering plants complement each other superbly.
28th Barakura Flower Show
Amid the blooming of the roses, the Barakura Flower Show showcases some of the best of British gardening, lifestyle and culture. This year we have once again the famous Brownsover Fish Bar all the way from Rugby. Traditional Fish and Chips cooked in authentic style. Last year’s Harpist, Audrey Finnemore is back again this year by popular demand giving renditions of popular pieces from the classics, contemporary, and popular music throughout the event.
Lectures by Miss Kay Yamada, and new this year London’s Chelsea Physic Gardens Head of Education Michael Holland will be talking about the Chelsea Physic Garden and other London gardens as well as using plants and herbs in the garden and in containers. Join him and Miss Kay to make your own container garden at one of the workshops.
The show begins with the opening ceremony at 9am each day followed by lectures, music and garden container workshops. A whole day can be enjoyed wandering around the garden and the market zone taking in the lectures, listening to the music or eating lunch and tea in our Barakura Café or Restaurant Giardino or browsing our Rosy Life fashion boutique, Bakery Shop with home baked cakes and sweets as well as imported luxury items or our Garden Centre with its imported furniture and terracotta and home grown plants, some of which are produced at our own Barakura Nursery.
This year we have another real treat for you when you visit Barakura English Garden during our Opera Weeks. World famous singer Maria Kesselman will be performing each day in our event hall from June 30th until July 8th three times per day at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Maria will be singing songs from opera, popular musicals, classics, and contemporary music.
Visit Barakura in the summer with your family and enjoy our displays of summer flowers and the rich minus ion atmosphere of Tateshina Kogen. During the Summer Holiday season, we have a Kids Park available for your little ones to play on the soft play-mat or colour pictures in the drawing activity area. The Kids Park is located just off the Alice in Wonderland Garden.
At the beginning of the event we have the summer flowering Hemerocallis, Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ and Echinacea. Followed by Phlox, Hibiscus and Campsis, with Dahlias providing the main displays from now through to the Autumn.
Well known from TV and radio commercials Cuban, Spanish guitarist Cabrales will be playing and singing Latin standards, English hits, and even Japanese songs during Spain Fair.
Candlelight Night Dinner
More than 1,000 candles twinkling in the evening garden, a splendid meal in Giardino restaurant followed by a firework display, make this event the years romantic highlight.
3rd Gardening Fair
Barakura Harvest Festival 2018
Amid late flowering Dahlias and early autumn color, enjoy our bright harvest displays, with many Halloween cut pumpkins, wander through and enjoy the local exhibitors of Arts and Crafts market zone, listen to the lively music from the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, and savor the delights of some of our local foods and wines, and experience our own Giardino restaurant.
Autumn leaves & Halloween
Christmas Week and 5 Days Bazaar
The winter garden at Barakura is enlivened by the Christmas display, a traditional Christmas lunch in Giardino Restaurant and a group of gospel singers. You can also find traditional Christmas cakes in the Food Court, produced by our own bakery; Victorian Christmas Cake, Stollen, as well as our popular Apple Pie.