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Creating Japanese Inspired Gardens with Lee Schneller Sligh

Belfast, Maine -

BELFAST, Maine –  Midcoast garden designer, Lee Schneller Sligh, will present a slide show and talk about creating Japanese-inspired gardens at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library. This program, which is free and open to the public, is the first of three Garden Design Presentations co-sponsored by the Belfast Garden Club and the Belfast Free Library.

Schneller Sligh uses native New England plants and materials according to Japanese design principles and aesthetics to create tranquil gardens that blend harmoniously into the surrounding landscape. She speaks and reads Japanese and has designed and built more than 200 gardens in Maine since 1995 as owner of Lee Schneller Fine Gardens.

A graduate of the Kyoto University of Art and Design’s Intensive Seminar on Japanese Gardens, Schneller Sligh has traveled extensively in Japan on her own, researching and photographing out-of-the-way gardens of historical and aesthetic interest. She lived in Japan for four years, earned degrees in Chinese language and literature and in Asian history and worked for ten years as a Japanese technical translator before starting her gardening business.

Photos of her gardens can be seen at www.LeeSchneller.com , in the August 2010 issue of Down East magazine and in the books Gardens Maine Style, Act II and The Nonstop Garden. In addition to her specialty in Japanese gardens, Schneller Sligh has written a bestselling book, The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color.

For more information, call 338-3884 ext 10 or visit www.belfastgardenclub.org.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Brenda Harrington

Telephone Number: (207)338-3884

Website: http://www.belfastlibrary.org

Email: bharrington@belfastlibrary.org