Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Gardens of Shofuso

In addition to the 17th century-style Japanese house, there are ornamental gardens and a picturesque koi pond situated on the grounds of Shofuso.  These gardens have been well maintained and tended in an effort to enhance the main structure and tea house.
 
The house and its garden were official gifts from the Japanese people to the United States as part of an effort to strengthen relations between the two countries after the end of the world war conflict.  As the years passed, a grant from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society made it possible to begin restoration of the garden. Repairs and renovations continue to be undertaken by the Friends of the Japanese House and Garden on a regular basis to preserve the integrity and beauty of this unique and tranquil destination.
The gardens feature a Koi Pond, Island, Tea Garden and this Courtyard Garden designed to bring the house into the outdoors. 

Stone lanterns enhance the interest of the gardens.  Peace and tranquility abound all the while introducting the gentile aspect and beauty of Japanese culture.

1 comment:

GardenofDaisies said...

Beautiful! I love to visit gardens. I think they restore our souls and bring such a feeling of peace and tranquility.