New garden gate

A GRAND new gate for Shoyoen at the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden will be shipped from Japan and installed by craftsmen and gardeners from Dubbo's sister city Minokamo.

Next week entry to Shoyoen will be through the Sensory Garden to allow for preparations for the installation of the gate, called sukiyamon in Japanese.

Dubbo City Council's manager horticultural services Ian McAlister said the initial work would begin on Tuesday.

"To allow for the footing to be boxed and poured, the current entry to Shoyoen will be closed from Tuesday, January 22, and re-open Friday, January 25," he said.

Mr McAlister said the installation of the sukiyamon would begin on Saturday, February 9, and be completed by the end of that month.

The gate is being built by the same company that constructed the Japanese Tea House at Shoyoen, Aiwa Co. Ltd.

Mr McAlister said the Japanese gardeners would also be providing more training for council staff who work at Shoyoen.

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