- Groundbreaking was Aug 14, 1977 in honor of Betty Weesner, former president of the Ikebana Intl.-Nashville chapter, who pledged a gift in 1970 in support of a Japanese garden at Cheekwood.
- A significant milestone for the garden was the relationship with James Victor & Patty Blevins, owners of Blevins Popcorn Company. During a stay in Japan, Patty, along with the expertise of Yakato Kato, was able to secure four stone artifacts, which were placed according to David Engel's specifications.
- In 2012, Melba and Bill Blevins honored their family's vision by generously supporting and commissioning a master plan for the renovation/restoration of the Japanese garden.
- Sadafumi Uchiyama was chosen to lead the garden renovation. Respectful of Engel's design, he planned/executed a more polished enclosure, and created greater accessibility.