Curator Brian Funk artfully maintains the balance between the man-made and natural elements found in the Japanese Garden. Brian first joined BBG as a gardener's aide in 1999, during a pivotal time for the Japanese Garden, as it was undergoing a major restoration. He was soon promoted to curator in 2000. As curator, Brian was given the opportunity to choose new plant selections including a variety of bamboos, perennials, and shrubs such as Pieris japonica and Nandina domestica, for placement throughout the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and for use as groundcover, shoreline plantings, and privacy around the perimeter. The new plantings were initiated in 2000, and the restoration was recognized with the New York Landmark Conservancy's 2001 Preservation Award.
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