Come to Nitobe Garden in the spring to see the cherry blossoms, in the summer to see the irises, and in the autumn to see the maples. Throughout the rest of the year, come to admire a tranquil Koi pond, stone lanterns, bubbling streams, and magnificent waterfalls. And, of course, be sure to visit the teahouse and take part in the traditional tea ceremony. As you stroll through the garden, you will feel a compelling sense of serenity.
Every tree, blade of grass, pebble, or flower is in perfect balance with the surroundings, which is what makes visiting Japanese gardens such an experience. And Nitobe is as authentic as you can get outside of the islands of Japan. The garden is a memorial to the great Japanese agriculturist and philosopher Inazo Nitobe, whose goal was to be “a bridge across the Pacific.” Through the garden, which celebrates Japanese art and culture, he has achieved his goal.
UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, Phone: 604-822-3928 (website) Photo: robertuzhbt89/Fotolia
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