“A Serene Garden”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
It is only in recent years that I have become fond of Japanese style gardens. Maybe it takes a bit of maturity or experience to realize that colorful gardens are not any prettier than gardens that are basically green with texture and contrasts. Or maybe it is the hustle and bustle of today’s world that makes me appreciate the calmness and serenity of a Japanese Garden. Saturday was the first time that we explored this type of garden that is set up in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. With all the people at the garden show bustling about, this garden which was close by, remained quite, peaceful, and meditative.
The entrance was a corridor of bamboo, which directed you into the heart of the garden.
As you enter the garden, you see a stone urn filled with water.
Once in the open area, there are several vignettes as you look in the four directions.
Finally, as you walk out of the area, surrounded by bamboo, you come upon a stone lantern which just reinforces the sparse atmosphere which is so calming.
While I know I will never have a Japanese garden area on my property, this particular garden has inspired me to make a small area simple and natural, a perfect place to meditate and relax.