WHO DID DESIGN HATLEY PARK?
DUE TO JOHN CHARLES OLMSTED'S refusal to design
the gardens at Hatley Park, owner James Dunsmuir
approached the Boston landscape architect firm of
Brett and Hall. They were students of Olmsted and
were working in BC on the design of the town sites
of Prince George and Prince Rupert as part of the
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway expansion. Brett and Hall
actually asked Olmsted to help with the design at
Hatley, but JCO declined. Brett and Hall designed an
Italian garden, croquet lawn, rose garden, tennis court
and terrace gardens in the autumn of 1912.
The other designer of the gardens at Hatley Park was
Isaburo Kisihida, a Japanese garden designer from
Yokohama who arrived in Victoria in 1907. Kishida
created other Japanese style gardens including the
Japanese garden at Butchart Gardens. The Japanese
garden at Hatley Park is the oldest intact Japanese
garden in Canada.
Author Paul Allison, who is Supervisor of Gardens and
Grounds for Royal Roads University (royalroads.ca) and
Hatley Park National Historical Site, has done considerable
research on Isaburo Kishida. His work became a Knowledge
network television documentary entitled Finding Kishida.
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