Takarazuka
Yamamoto (Garden Plant Producing Center)


Modern Period
The Three Biggest Garden Plant Producing Centers in Japan

Yamamoto garden plants have a long history, and in the Kamakura Period (1185-1333) Yamamoto already enjoyed social prestige as a place of garden plant production. Professional gardeners here accomplished a monumental achievement in the history of Japanese gardening by a new grafting technique which was invented here in Yamamoto in the Momoyama Period (1568-1600), and that established Yamamoto's position as a place of advanced gardening. The technique made it possible to grow peonies, Japanese cedars (sugi) and Japanese cypresses (hinoki) in the Edo Period (1600-1868), orchids and roses in the Meiji Period (1868-1912), and garden trees in the Taisho Period (1912-1926). In the early Showa Period, they started to import new kinds of garden plants from overseas and then they also took up exporting. They enjoyed the height of prosperity and became one of the three biggest garden plant producing centers in Japan at that time.
After that the center was devastated by World War II. However, producers worked hard to restore it and it came to life again. At present, in the Yamamoto district they grow and sell many kinds of plants, including bonsai, pot plants and garden trees. The Yamamoto garden plant producing center has become a very important place that provides city people with flowers and green plants and it also attracts garden plant lovers from all over Japan.

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Source: The Takarazuka municipal government


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