On Tuesday, March 11th, 2015 Lauri Twitchell, manager of Blake Garden, visited the UC Berkeley campus and gave a lecture on Imperial Japanese Gardens to the students of Katherine Rinne's History and Literature of Landscape Architecture class (LA 170.) The lecture's principal focus was on the numerous royal gardens in the area around Kyoto, Japan. She highlighted Kyoto Gosho (京都御所), Katsura Imperial Villa (桂離宮), Daitoku-ji (大徳寺) and the principles of "Hide and Reveal" and "Borrowed Scenery."
After the lecture, students joined Lauri, and her husband Peter Suchecki, outside to see a demonstration on bamboo fence making. The students were shown special tools and traditional methods for working with bamboo. Students witnessed how to lash posts together to make an aesthetically appealing fence during the presentation.