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A stream runs down the canyon from the Chinese Garden, ending in a series of ponds in the center of the Japanese Garden. Although the entire garden covers 9 acres, this central portion is probably the best known, where a round “moon bridge” arches over the pond, with a nineteenth century Japanese house perched on the hill above it. A year long renovation project, completed in April 2012 to mark the garden’s centennial, not only improved infrastructure and conditions in the familiar central garden, but added usable garden areas. On the ridge above the Japanese House, a traditionally landscaped tea garden with an authentic ceremonial teahouse represents an entirely new location, and opens up new vistas from which to view the previously existing garden. The hillside opposite the central canyon area features carved stones and a Japanese gong, housed in a temple-like structure. In spring, purple wisteria flowers cover the stairway and arbors. (For more information about this garden, click here.)
The central garden, April 2012, after renovation.
The moon bridge in 2012.
The single span cement bridges were replaced with more traditional looking bridges in 2012.
Flowering spring trees.
The gong structure, on the east hill facing the rest of the garden.
Purple wisteria blooms in the spring.
A zig-zag bridge crosses from the House to the Zen Garden gateway.
A waterfall flows under the zig-zag bridge from the ridge.
The new ceremonial teahouse.
It sits within a fenced traditional tea garden.
Leaving the Rose Garden, lion-dogs guard the gateway to the Japanese Garden.
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