.All Trips / Pacific Northwest / Washington

A fall visit to the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden, Spokane, Washington

Fall 2008 031 Japanese Garden, Manito Park

One of the things I enjoy about blogging is sharing less commonly visited but interesting destinations.  The Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden in Spokane, Washington, certainly fits that bill.  A smaller garden, well known to locals but not to many tourists, it has its charms!  When I lived in Spokane I’d commonly stop by as it was midway between the hospital where I worked and the library I frequented.  I enjoy the calm nature and beauty of Japanese gardens.  They are places where nature, tranquility, gardening skills, and art merge.

The Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Garden sits on the site of the old zoo (closed in the 1930s).  The garden was designed by Nagao Sakurai, a master garden architect (who at one time was …

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.All Trips / Central USA / Colorado / North America

The Colors of Summer, Colorado Rockies

007 Betty Ford Garden 07-2015.

I love summer in the mountains, short though it may be.  Winter has its own charm, especially if you like playing in the ice and snow, but summer is my season.  Days are long and the weather is pleasant — sometimes even warm.  People who live in the mountains know how to squeeze the most out of their short summer.

I recently spent more than 2 weeks in the American Rocky Mountains, much of this time in Colorado at altitudes between 6000 and 8500 ft above sea level.  I was very impressed by the widespread planting of flowers in the small towns of the region.  Blossoms were everywhere — planters, gardens, window boxes, hanging pots.  The colors were beautiful, cheery and, …

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.All Trips / Alberta / Central Canada / North America

Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens, Lethbridge

01b Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Lethbridge.  Pavilion

I’m fond of visiting gardens and enjoy their beauty and tranquility.  This seems especially true of the Japanese Gardens I’ve visited, which combine the various elements — carefully pruned trees and shrubs, flowing and still water, and meticulously positioned rocks — in a balanced and pleasing manner.

One of the last places I expected to find a beautiful Japanese Garden was on the vast Canadian prairies, specifically in the small city of Lethbridge, Alberta.   The Nikka Yuko garden opened in 1967 as part of Canada’s 100th birthday celebration.  The garden covers just 4 acres in Henderson Park, but seems larger.  It was built to recognize the contributions of the Japanese community to Lethbridge, and as a symbol of international friendship …

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Pic of the Week, May 22, 2015: Magnolia Plantation, Charleston


The vegetation in the southeastern United States is unlike anywhere else I’ve been.  I visited Charleston a few months ago and spent the better part of a day exploring the Magnolia Plantation, one of the grand estates of the Old South situated a few miles inland from Charleston.  The lovely and sprawling gardens of this plantation included several bridges which I thought incredibly photogenic — the still water, with reflected trees and Spanish moss, was beautiful!

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