November, 2010 – Gardens of the Spirit: A Photographic Expedition to Kyoto

Join Allan Mandell, an internationally published photographer with a passion for the gardens of Kyoto, in November, 2010, for a Pacific Horticulture trip timed to take advantage of Kyoto at the height of fall color.  Mr. Mandell has been awarded numerous ‘Garden Globe’ and ‘Quill & Trowel’ awards for photography, and is the sole photographer of Garden to Vase (Timber Press, 2007), Artists in Their Gardens (Sasquatch Books, 2001), Garden Retreats (Chronicle Books, 2000), Naturalistic Gardening (Sasquatch Books, 1998), Gardening from Scratch (Simon & Schuster, 1998) and Tea Gardens (Chronicle Books, 1998).

Once the imperial capitol of Japan, Kyoto is a treasure trove of the traditional arts.  Garden making flourished here.  Experience stroll gardens and small Zen temples, navigating through crowds and quiet back streets, urban density and forested hillsides, all in pursuit of bamboo, maple leaves, imperial elegance, rustic Shinto simplicity, and the quiet within.  Accommodations in a traditional ryokan, with side trips to soak in hot baths, are part of the experience.  Enjoy being lost for a while – lost in color, line, pattern, creativity, and discovery.  Bring open eyes, your gear, and a desire to explore.  This trip is limited to ten guests, so you are advised to contact Sterling Tours at 619-299-3010 as soon as possible.  They may also be found at