The designers of the garden wanted a realistic garden that combined the vastness of the prairie with the beauty and grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. This would be a difficult proposition. True Japanese gardens not only reflect the local landscapes, but also the local society. The steering committee realized it would be a challenging project, and hired renowned landscape architect Dr. Tadashi Kubo, of Osaka Prefecture University in Japan.
His goal was to seamlessly integrate the rocks and vegetation with water to create peaceful yet captivating spaces within the garden. A pond was built with quiet waters that denoted time for reflection. Accompanying the pond was the stream, chortling at times and quiet at others, and complete with a dashing little waterfall.
They brought rocks, many weighing several tonnes, from the mountains and placed them in position with a crane. Sometimes they moved them a little, or a lot, depending upon whether they had a natural fit where they were. They used rock to create patterns that resembled certain Japanese symbols.
Then came the landscaping with soil