Every year, though perhaps not in 2020, I see more gardens than I have time to share. That’s why our armchair garden tour brings us close to home with this small but standout garden in North Rosedale from Through the Garden Gate 2017.
I got the impression that this lovely garden is a DIY. As the tour program describes it, “From the Zen garden at the front, to the dry river bed along the driveway to the quintessential teahouse garden at the back, this garden reflects the owner’s meticulous research and love of Japanese culture and style.”
In the narrow strip between neighbours, a path winds beside a river of stones, expanding the sense of space. Below, you look from front to back, then back to front.
Reinforcing the Asian theme, simple details, such as the bamboo fencing and stepping stones set in limestone gravel, have the ring of authenticity.
The planting scheme is also fairly simple, with grasses, hostas, ferns, pine trees, and Japanese maples in key locations.
Step across the stream on the wooden arched bridge (or sori-bashi), with its characteristic red railings, and here’s what you see on the other side.
The shady back corner is brightened by the screen of a tea house. The stream widens to a small pool and, across the way, beside it is a quiet corner with a bench under another Japanese maple.
This is the point of contemplation from that bench. There are few better messages for us at a time like this: Love. Serenity. Kindness. Strength.
Hoping that you and those close to you are experiencing all four. As my husband has always ended his music blog, Be well!