9 responses to “Honouring Dr. David Slawson”

  1. Ezra Walker

    I recently discovered some rare early blueprints signed and dated by David A Slawson they are of his designs of Smith College Japanese Garden Northampton Mass
    Dated 12 /2/ 1985 These original blueprints are well preserved and framed like a work of art most are size 24 x 21
    If you’re are interested in obtaining his work
    Please contact me

  2. Peter Thomas Bowyer

    David’s book made me feel like an artist. His Sukiya Living magazine Viewpoints article titled “The Higher Path to Autheticity” continues to inspire my efforts.

  3. Deborah Johnson

    To walk through one of David’s gardens, was to know him. He viewed Earth as a sacred being that he was an extension of.
    We were kindred spirits in that respect. I met David in the mid-80s after visiting his Japanese garden at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. The energy there was so arrestingly calm, stunningly beautiful and humble, that I had to meet the person who created it.
    I asked the administrators at the garden to please forward my number to David. I needed to let him know that his work had a profound affect on me. We were friends from that moment forward.
    So many people seem to sleep walk through this world and see Earth only as a tool to be utilized, instead of seeing her as our wondrous, delicate mother. But David and I were always comparing notes about our magnificent Earth mother. We’d huddle up like two children trading baseball cards.
    I will always remember David’s gentle soul that was ever observant, examining people and our planet in an unobtrusive way, seeking understanding and balance.
    I know he is building even greater gardens now in the spirit realm, smiling down on us all.
    Peace and happiness to you dear David, until we meet again. Thank you for being my friend.

  4. Edward Jacobs Jr

    I knew him from Cuyahoga Community College Parma campus via the Japanese Culture Club. He spoke at a couple of events about the Japanese Gardens. He was an amazing man and I didn’t know he passed away. RIP my friend!

  5. Pornsawan Brawn

    During my graduate studies at Indiana University, I was privileged to have had Dave as one of my loving personal friends. Dave’s very kind, gentle, calm demeanour reflected his profound appreciation of the beauty of Japanese gardens and the study of Buddhism. Thank you for your friendship , your subtle sense of humour and for enriching my student years. My sincere and deep condolences to the Slawson family.

  6. Sumie Jones

    While David was studying at Indiana University, I helped him read the Edo period Japanese texts in garden design. I am proud of the resulting dissertation and the book published by Kodansha International. He assisted his advisor, the late Kenneth Yasuda, Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in designing and constructing a now-famous Japanese garden for the Canada House at the south end of Bloomington, IN. I followed the construction by visiting the gigantic garden. Partly in thanks to Ken and David, Cathy Canada, owner of the extraordinary “earth house,” which was buried underground except for a diagonal ceiling/wall that opened to the view of the garden, invited about 200 attendees of a conference on The Tale of Genji, which I co-organized and co-chaired. She hosted a few other large parties at the house providing drinks. David has left his mark by designing gardens for many universities and other institutions.

  7. Garden Communications

    Hi Paul, thank you for your sharing this documentary with us.

  8. Paul Krause

    If you get a chance, view the video documentary, “The Garden of Quiet Listening” a japanese-style garden located at Carleton College. David’s comments about garden design are included in the film. To view on YouTube simply go to this location: https://youtu.be/p4MeCgfsYBU

    Paul Krause, film maker….

  9. Em

    Condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P and thank you for the beautiful garden Dr Slawson….

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