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Ground is broken on the site that would later become the Japanese Garden.

Japanese Garden construction. Bridge construction.

Development of the area long known as the North American Tract begins in anticipation of the creation of the largest Japanese Garden in the western hemisphere. Over the course of the next few years this area which for decades had assumed an Arboretum type asthetic will become radically altered in both landscaping and design. Upon completion the only earlier feature that would remain in any form would be the lake albeit in a new design unique to the Japanese Garden. The same year the event entitled "Bal Orientale" hosted by the Garden and organized by the Members Board raised over $30,000 for the construction of the Japanese Garden.


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