OBITUARY: Bruce Asakawa, Important Figure in Gardening Globe


SAN DIEGO — Bruce Moto Asakawa, a perfectly-regarded figure in the gardening world, handed away on Jan. 27 right after a extra than 30-year wrestle with Parkinson’s illness. He was 80.

In a tribute for Back garden America, John Bagnasco wrote, “Bruce Asakawa was the light giant of the California gardening scene for more than fifty percent a century. He was energetic in the inexperienced market, landscape design, and gardening communication for most of his daily life.”

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Bruce Asakawa

Born in San Diego on Aug. 15, 1941, Asakawa was interned with his mother and father and 1000’s of other Japanese Us citizens during Globe War II. The spouse and children returned to San Diego in 1945 and re-established their life by opening the Presidio Backyard Center on Morena Boulevard.

Asakawa graduated from Mission Bay High School and Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture.

He was a landscape architect and managed Presidio Nursery and Bonita Yard Facilities with his mother and father, Moto and Florence Asakawa, and brother, Glenn. He also proudly served as a navigation division officer in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Kitty Hawk.

Asakawa turned a syndicated gardening radio and television host. He was viewed frequently as the Backyard garden Pro on “PM Magazine” and was a repeated visitor on “Sun Up San Diego.”

He was the author and co-creator of a number of textbooks, together with “Bruce and Sharon Asakawa’s California Gardener’s Guideline,” “California Gardener’s Handbook,” “California Gardening Rhythms” and “California Gardener’s Source.”

In addition, he assisted set up the California Association of Nurseryman’s certification method, was appointed by the governor of California to the California Urban Forestry Advisory Council, served on the Human Relations Commission in San Diego, and was a board member of the Japanese American Citizens League.

The relatives is grateful for the care he been given at the Veteran Property of California Chula Vista and Vitas Hospice.

He is survived by his wife Sharon, daughter Tasia, son Eric, daughter-in-legislation Stephanie, grandchildren Nicholas, Samokai and Emiko, brothers Glenn, Don (wife Linda), Larry (spouse Kara) and nephew Kristofer.

Donations could be sent to Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Back garden, Japanese American Historic Modern society of San Diego, Parkinson’s Association of San Diego, or Ocean Look at United Church of Christ.



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