| Lee Schneller Sligh
Owner, Lee Schneller Fine Gardens. 1995 – present. Fine gardeningEducation
business specializing in designing and building Japanese-inspired,
naturalistic and continuously blooming perennial gardens.
Designed and built over 250 gardens.
Japanese Translator. Free-lance. 1989 – 1995 (full time); 1982 – 1989 (part time).
Translator, Editor and Technical Writer. Free-lance. Tokyo, Japan. 1983 – 1984.
English Teacher (ESL). Sendai & Tokyo, Japan. 1980 – 1983.
Kyoto University of Art and Design, “The Japanese Garden – Intensive Seminar,” Kyoto, Japan, 2003.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Master Gardener course, 1997.
Asahi Culture Center (Tokyo, Japan), Intensive courses in Japanese language, 1983.
Nankai University (Tianjin, China) Intensive program in Chinese language, 1980.
Michigan State University, B.A., Chinese Language and Literature, 1980 (with honor).
Michigan State University, B.A., Asian History, 1980 (with honor).
Honors and Scholarships (at MSU): Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta, Shao-chang Lee Scholarship.
Rotary International Exchange Student, Fukuchiyama, Japan, 1974.
Over 100 Talks and Workshops Given, 2002-2012
- Designing Continuously Blooming Perennial Gardens
Historic Gardens of Japan
Japanese Gardens, Ancient and Modern
Gardens of Shoguns and Samurai
Japanese Gardens: The Meaning of Water
Japanese-Inspired Gardens in the United States
Introduction to Written Chinese and the Tao Te Ching
Creating Japanese-Inspired Gardens in Maine
Spirituality and Religion in Japanese Gardens
Choosing Plants and Materials for Japanese-Inspired Gardens in Maine
Japanese Gardens: Aesthetics and Design Features
Zen Gardens of Japan
The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color. North Adams,
Massachusetts: Storey Publishing, 2009.
"Aquilegia vulgaris 'Nora Barlow': 'Nora Barlow' Columbine is Never Gaudy." Fine
Gardening, no. 125 (February 2009): 24.
“Use a Simple Grid to Plan for Continuous Blooms.” Fine Gardening, no. 95
(February 2004): 18.
Tool and product reviews, Fine Gardening, 2004 - 2008
“Creating Japanese-Inspired Gardens in Maine.” Spring Home and Garden
(Courier Publications), April 28, 2005, pp. 3 and 31.
“All About Bulbs.” Fall Home and Garden (Courier Pub.), Sept. 22, 2005, p. 8.
Live Radio Interviews
Sirius 112, Martha Stewart Living Radio, Morning Live Show (25 min. 3/5/10)
WOBM 92.7, Ocean County [New Jersey] Breakfast Show (15 min. 3/2/09)
News 95.7, Weekend Gardener with Niki Jabbour [Halifax, Nova Scotia] (45 min. 6/21/09)
KSFO 560, In the Garden with host Bob Tanem [San Francisco] (30 min., 10/18/09)
WRFR 93.3 Rockland [Maine], Open Book with host Jonathan Kosnow (60 min., 2/3/10)
- New England Grows Trade Show, Boston, February 2013.
- "Sixth International Symposium of Japanese Gardens," San Diego, 2010.
- "Garden Writers Association Annual Symposium," Portland, Oregon, 2008.
- "Tuckerman's Ravine," a tour of alpine plants at Mount Washington's famed glacial cirque, led by New
Hampshire State Botanist Chris Mattrick and sponsored by New England Wildflower Society, August 2007.
- “In Search of Fairy Isle Fantasies: The Gardens of the Meiji Period,” Talk by Marc Peter Keane, Isabella
Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, February 2006.
- “The Path Beyond the Transient World: Japanese Tea Gardens Ancient and Modern,” Talk by Marc Peter
Keane, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, February 2006.
- “Digital Garden Photography Seminar,” Workshop with Ian Adams, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University,
- “Cultivating the Written Word: Garden Writing from Production to Publication," four-day workshop with C.
Colston Burrell and Lucy Hardiman, New England Wildflower Society, November 9 - 12, 2004.
- “Fourth International Symposium of Japanese Gardens,” International Association of Japanese Gardens,
Seattle, Washington, August 28 – 31, 2004.
- “Elegant, Exceptional and Ecological Gardens for the Northeast,” Symposium, New England Wildflower
Society, April 2004.
- “Maintaining Mature Trees: Success Stories from Mount Auburn Cemetery,” Talk by David Barnett, New
England Grows Show, Boston, February 2004.
- “The Use of Mycorrhizal Fungi in the Landscape,” Talk by Michael Amaranthus and Kevin Burrows, New
England Grows Show, Boston, February 2004.
- “A New Continental Style for American Gardens,” Talk by Lauren Springer, New England Grows Show,
Boston, February 2004.
- “The Bare Root Transplanting Method: Lessons from the Streets of Ithaca, NY,” Talk by Nina Bassuk and
Andrew Hillman, New England Grows Show, Boston, Feb. 2004.
- “Environmentalism and Design,” Symposium, Harvard University, March 2003.
- “The Art of the Japanese Garden,” Symposium, Arnold Arboretum, May 2002.
- “The Gray Area: Restoration and Landscape Gardening,” Workshop with Larry Weiner, New England
Wildflower Society, February 2001.
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Garden Writers Association
Georges River Land Trust
International Association of Japanese Gardens
Japan America Society of Maine
Maine Audubon Society
Merryspring Nature Park
New England Wildflower Society
North American Japanese Garden Association
Volunteer Work (Garden-related)
- Asticou Azalea Garden (Japanese-inspired garden in Northeast Harbor, Maine)
- JGarden.org (researching and writing Japanese garden descriptions; photographs)
- Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland, Maine; also as paid gardener)
- Humane Society of Knox County (Rockland, Maine)