McFarland Japanese Garden Receives Honor Award in Landscape Design

Topeka Japanese Garden rendering

March 27, 2020 • Candace Wilson • GLMV News, Landscape Architecture

Congratulations to Topeka Zoo’s McFarland Japanese Garden for being recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects Prairie Gateway Chapter with an honor award for its landscaping accomplishments!

Our landscape studio worked closely with the project donor and Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice, Kay McFarland, to fulfill her dream of creating a Japanese garden to gift to the community. McFarland Japanese Garden will bring 13,500 square feet of water gardens, running streams, bridges, and landscaping that blends seamlessly into its surroundings. It will also serve as a venue, providing a 7,000-square-foot Event Center and a Tea House.

“What makes this garden so special is the cultural impact it will have on the community. The owner has engaged the Japanese community within Topeka and is developing programming for the garden to include traditional Tea Ceremonies, a volunteer program, and gardening classes.” – Lori Guthridge, Lead Project Landscape Architect

Scheduled to open the summer of 2020, McFarland Japanese Garden will provide a destination for guests to connect with nature and Japanese design principles.