Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden


Near Lake Balboa, you’ll find a peaceful oasis of nature and tranquility, The Japanese Garden (www.thejapanesegarden.com). Open Monday-Thursday from 12-4 and on Sunday from 10-4, the garden offers both docent-led tours and self-guided tours and admission is $3 per person, $2 for seniors 62 and older and children under 10. The garden sits on the grounds that belong to the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant, which also is the source water for nearby Lake Balboa. It was created in the early 1980’s and is ranked high among other Japanese Gardens across the United States. Designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana, it includes a dry Zen meditation garden, a lush waterfall garden and a traditional tea house and tea garden.

Some of the notable areas in the garden include the ginkgo trees, which are one of the oldest species of trees still in existence. Ginkgo (derived from the nuts of the treee) is an important element in Japanese medicine and some claim that it reverses the aging process. Be sure to also pay a visit to the Heavenly Floating Bridge. It was built to represent a scenic spot in Japan where people overlook the Sea of Japan. The tea garden is a small and simple house of peace and is used for special occasions, including traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. The waterfall is a traditional three-tiered style cascade of water and is the first and main point of entry of the water from the reclamation plant into the garden.

The garden hosts a number of special events including Japanese folklore readings, demonstrations of traditional Japanese Black Pine tree pruning and an origami festival. There are often other special events and exhibitions and the website has the most up to date information on what’s happening. The Japanese Garden is also available to rent for weddings and other special events.




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