Note: The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24 and Wedneday, October 13.
The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is one of the oldest and most visited Japanese-inspired gardens outside Japan. It is a blend of the ancient hill-and-pond style and the more recent stroll-garden style, in which various landscape features are gradually revealed along winding paths.
The garden features artificial hills contoured around a pond, a waterfall, and an island, along with carefully placed rocks. Architectural elements include wooden bridges, stone lanterns, a viewing pavilion, a Shinto shrine, and a dramatic vermilion-colored wooden torii.
A view of the torii and wooden bridge in January. Photo by Antonio M. Rosario.
Acer palmatum (Japanese maple) in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Photo by Blanca Begert.
Iris ensata (Japanese irises), in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Photo by Jean-Marc Grambert.
The small shinto shrine in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Photo by Blanca Begert.
Prunus ‘Snow Goose’ in April. Photo by Blanca Begert.
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