I’m a volunteer docent at Anderson Gardens, the top-rated Japanese garden in North America. My first shift of the season happened to fall on my birthday this year. And since a beautiful new Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS was my birthday gift from my husband (and mine to him), I took the camera out to the Gardens with me. Which means that you all get a photo tour!
I didn’t photograph the Garden of Reflection, because it’s not strictly a Japanese garden and doesn’t contain very much that you won’t have seen before. Perhaps I’ll do that next week. For today, we’ll tour the Pond Strolling Garden, the oldest of the three gardens both in actual age and in style.
This beautiful tree and boulder set are located just before the main bridge to the Pond Strolling Garden and the Tea Garden. There is a little path just beyond the largest boulder here that takes you to a couple of secluded chairs in the trees from which you can watch the creek flow.
After crossing the Red Bridge and entering the Main Gate (did I really neglect to photograph that?), we see one of my favorite trees anywhere. It’s growing out of the side of the hill at a precarious angle, but rather than chop it down, Hoichi-san (the gardens’ designer) chose to build a crutch for it.
Near the end of the Pond Strolling Garden path is the Guest House. The Guest House features a raked garden, or a Zen garden. On May 9 it was raked to represent a rice paddy. The gravel in a raked garden always represents water of one kind or another. Here you can see the gridded rows of rice as well as small waves lapping the shore.
Finally, I want to share two close-up pictures that I took. I just love this camera!
And there you go – the Pond Strolling Garden at Anderson Gardens! I hope you enjoyed it! Next time, I’ll take you around the Tea Garden.