Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Japanese Garden

Lantern facing the Dwelling
Southern California in mid-December. Yes, indeed.
Last week I visited The Japanese Garden at Van Nuys. It’s one of those spots that I’ve known about forever (20 years, let's say) and finally visited for the first time.

From their brochure:

Nestled in the heart of the busy San Fernando Valley is a peaceful oasis: Suiho-en, ‘Garden of Water and Fragrance.’  The exquisite design of The Japanese Garden leads us from a world of freeway traffic, pressures, and haste into a world of meditative calm, where it is possible to focus on and remember the very simple and beautiful both in nature and in our lives.

The uniqueness of this garden is that it is authentic in every detail. At the same time, every effort was made to make it compatible with the nearby contemporary Administration Building.

I’ll vouch for all of the above.


The Japanese Garden at the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant, 6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA.

A happy note: The Japanese Garden participates in the AHS reciprocal admissions program (as does: Descanso Gardens, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Los Angeles County Arboretum, San Diego Botanic Garden …)



See the whole Flickr set and enjoy all the warm 90deg mid-December yumminess here.


Hashi said...

You were in my neck of the woods!! I'm so sorry I didn't get to see you! I visited the Japanese Gardens for the first time a few years ago. Like you, I'd known about them for a long while, and when I finally went, wondered why I'd taken so long. I'd like to go back in spring :-)

Wendee said...

Hashi - Let's plan on going back in the spring, then. :)