“Hakone, From Private Estate to Public Garden" - Final Centennial Exhibit
Hakone Estate and Gardens’ final exhibit for its three-year centennial, “Hakone, From Private Estate to Public Garden,” features the story of the last owners of Hakone, a partnership of six couples who owned Hakone from 1961-1966, operating it as a private retreat while stewarding its preservation. Contrary to rumors that the Hakone would be ruined and subdivided by this unconventional ownership, the partners continued the legacy of the Stine and Tilden eras, maintaining the gardens and sharing it with friends and family. Ultimately, this group was credited with saving Hakone for posterity by selling it to the City of Saratoga for use as a public park. The final centennial exhibit features history panels, memorabilia and art relating to the third owners, including their never-before seen photographs of Hakone. In addition to the exhibit and beautiful gardens, Hakone offers a wide variety of educational classes, from Zen meditation, karate and Tai Chi to Japanese painting and tea ceremony programs. The exhibit is free with the admission, which is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and kids under 5 are free. Exhibit runs now through laate 2017. Members and a guest can enjoy free admission. For more information on Hakone’s fascinating history or other upcoming events visit www.Hakone.com.