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By Brianna Wray

Ikune Sawada donates bonsai collection

Sawada's garden is an artistic vision come to life


Brianna Wray

Ikune feeds the fish in his pond that is in the shape of Chinese character that means heart and also the double gourd shape that means good luck. Sawada and his partner, Neil Meitzler created teh garden as a liing work of art.

WALLA WALLA-If life is an art, Ikune Sawada is a master. Sawada is a painter and collector of fine ceramics. For many years he has also practiced bonsai tree gardening.

Through the gate and down a path flanked by lamprocapnos spectabilis, also known as bleeding hearts for their flower petals' shape, the garden unfolds. Sawada and his partner, Neil Meitzler, before his passing in 2009, created the garden from scratch.

Meitzler was a landscape painter of the Northwest School and curator at the Seattle Art Museum for 20 years as an exhibition designer. The garden was a collaboration that sh...

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