When Colin Lampshire visited the University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Japanese Garden in 2012, he “fell in love” and decided to bring a piece of the park to his home in Victoria.

Flash forward a year and Mr Lampshire has completed a smaller (10m2) version of the USQ Garden in his own Melbourne backyard.

“During the visit, my family and I loved the garden – especially the bridges and the rounded plants,” he said.

“I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the exact colour of the Toowoomba bridges.

“I ended up ringing the University and the staff helped me by giving details on what colour was used.
“It’s been a fantastic project that’s all but finished – I’m just waiting for a few things to grow.”
USQ Campus Services Executive Director Dr Dave Povey said Mr Lampshire’s garden was a touching tribute to the much loved USQ Toowoomba Japanese Garden.

USQ Japanese Garden

“It’s great to see that Colin enjoyed his visit to the garden and I’m thrilled he decided to share this project with us,” Dr Povey said.

USQ’s Japanese Garden, also known as Ju Raku En, is one of Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll garden.

Located on the northern side of the campus, on a 3 hectare site, it includes a mountain stream and waterfall, Dry Garden, central lake, Azalea Hill, three kilometres of paths, 230 species of Japanese and Australian native trees and plants, and lawns.

Ju Raku En was opened on 21 April 1989 by Mr Yoshiharu Araki from the Brisbane Consul-General of Japan, but it is still a comparatively young garden and it will take many years for it to be considered complete.

It is estimated that over 100,000 people per year visit the garden.

via USQ