Friday, October 25, 2013

International Friendhip Garden

Our city has a 'friendship' with a Japanese city and in honour of this friendship, a $million garden was constructed behind the library. It is only a few blocks from where I live so I like to visit at least once each season. I have rarely encountered another person there. Maybe it was built just for me.

Early spring and late fall are the best times to wander in this garden.

There is a lot of shade here and perhaps that is why the leaves get stalled in the pink colour on their way to red.

There is a rock wall and waterfall, not always operational, but when it is, it lends a nice backdrop of sound to drown out the traffic in the nearby street.

And, of course, it looks much nicer with some colour around it.

There is quite a bit of Japanese influence in this garden, from stone pagodas to Bamboo plants.....

Even a berry bush whose leaves turn blue instead of yellow.

A nice variety of leaves, freshly fallen.

And a park bench for the weary walker who does not mind getting a bit wet when he sits to rest.

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