Restorations/Additions To The Huntington's Japanese Style Garden

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I've always liked the site of the Huntington's Japanese-style garden.  You enter a gateway and look downwards from a Wisteria covered terrace to the garden and its iconic bridge.  
The Wisteria terrace:
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Across, on the other side of the gully is the Japanese style home.  Essentially, they made a really wonderful garden out of a large ditch. 
The Wisteria was just completing its spring bloom.
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Azalea flowers add bright color; the freshly leafed out Acer palmatums are more subtle .
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A handrail mimics the curving branches of a very old maple.
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Lots of golden bamboo
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Sago palms (Cycas revoluta) are native to southern Japan.
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 The existing structures were cleaned up, and repaired, and some plants were replaced.
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The dry stone garden looks about the same.
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Stones dropped into a pool of stones
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 The original Bonsai area is still there
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This is a John Naka Olive bonsai:
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I thought the renovation was limited to the original area, and was pleased to discover an entire new area has been developed behind the Japanese-style house, on the flat area on the far side of the gully.
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We had the area almost to ourselves so it was very peaceful.  Rhododendron 'Kintaiyo' provided a bit of non-green color. 
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The area is so new, installation of plants was still in progress
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As in the recently built Chinese garden, pre-existing large trees gave the new garden a maturity it would otherwise need many years to achieve.
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A pathway lined with golden bamboo led us back out of a serene and elegant woodland.  The bright colors and chattering people in the rose garden were a sharp contrast.
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This is one of the great things about the Huntington:  all in one place are  many different moods and landscapes to enjoy--besides the art in the galleries--galleries that are deliciously air-conditioned in summer, making them a great relief from the heat, even if you are not interested in paintings or manuscripts.  
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Fridays can be so hectic. The dreadful events going on in Boston and West, Texas the past few days have shaken us all.  I hope sights from this garden bring a little serenity to your day. 

Comments

  1. A beautiful garden and so calming! Thanks, this was a great way to start Friday!

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  2. I love that first photo -- what a view!

    This looks like a great place to find a bench and hang out for a few quiet hours.

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    1. There are some very nice places to sit and enjoy.

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  3. Two visits to the Huntington and I've not made it to this part of the garden. The draw of the desert section is just too strong! Maybe next time...

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    1. We skipped the Desert Garden this visit--last several visits we only went to the Desert Garden. Once warm weather hits it is an oven.

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  4. That's the Japanese dry garden I want to see next visit there! Not sure if I got slides of it, last time there in '89...and that is gravel used well. Serenity for sure.

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    1. It's wonderful that there's this void, then you realize it's not really a void at all.

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  5. Beautiful garden, beutiful pictures :)

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