There are dozens of Japanese gardens in the United States, and Tucson has its own version thanks to a European woman who has lived on three continents. When Patricia Deridder was 18 years old she left her home country of Belgium so she could pursue her passion for the Japanese culture and language. Fifteen years later she moved to Wisconsin with her American husband where they raised their two children. Later, Deridder started a new chapter in Tucson where she opened Yume Japanese Gardens in the city’s midtown. Yume is the Japanese word for dream and Deridder says the facility is a dream come true.
Producer: Tony Paniagua
Videographer: Bob Lindberg, Steve Riggs, Sandra Westdahl
Editor: Sandra Westdahl