Secret Gardens: Welcome to the world Japanese Gardens
The tradition of Japanese gardening was passed down from sensei to apprentice, in a rigorous apprenticeship that remains unbroken since the fifteenth century. The art of Japanese gardening spread outside of Japan towards the end of the nineteenth century, and has been imitated in Western gardening since that time.
Huntington Botanical Gardens
The Japanese garden at Huntington Botanical Gardens is a quiet retreat from the pressures of life and features a rock and sand garden, a Bonsai collection, and a Japanese home built in the traditional Shoin style.
This is the perfect place to escape to when you just want to take a deep and meaningful breath from hectic city living. A Chinese Garden will open to the public February 2008 displaying the oldest continuous tradition of garden design in the world. Admission is free every first Thursday of the month. Huntington Botanical Gardens are nestled between Cal-Tech and the Arboretum of Los Angeles in the green neighborhoods San Marino, Calif.
UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden
Hidden santuary at UCLA's Hannah Carter Japanese Garden
Address: About 1 mile from UCLA
Phone: (310) 794-0320 Email: email@example.com
Treading through the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden, descending the stone path to koi pond below decorated with pink lilies, you’ll truly feel you’ve left L.A. The garden is so secret that admission and directions will only be granted once a reservation is made.
The UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese gardens are inspired by the gardens of Kyoto and were designed by Nagao Sakurai and Kazuo Nakamura in 1959.
Sakurai and Nakamura were hired to create the gardens on the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Guiberson. The estate was purchased by the Chair of the Reagents of the University of California, Edward Carter and his wife in 1965. In the same year they donated the garden to the University of California.
Reservations should be made 10 days in advance and can be made by calling or emailing. Take a virtual tour at the garden’s official website above.
The gardens are hidden in Bel-Air, about one mile from the University of California, Los Angeles campus.
Red Bridge at Descanso Gardens
Address: 1418 Descanso Drive,LA Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Phone: (818) 949-4200
Looking for a little piece of heaven in the parched desert that is L.A? Check out the Japanese Gardens at Descanso for tranquility like no other in Los Angeles.
The Japanese Gardens at Descanso blends together classic elements of Japanese tea gardens with strolling zen gardens. An arched bridge leads to a shaded path along koi-filled stream which leads to the Full Moon Tea House.
The Teas House, built in 1966 by Whitney Smith is the focal point for the garden. The Japanese Garden Festival takes place every autumn under the tea house’s blue tiled roof which features bonsai and suiseki displays, taiko drumming and traditional Japanese dance.
Tea service is offered to visitors at the Full Moon tea house, but don’t leave your wallet at home. Authentic sit-down tea service costs $16.60 per person. Reservations are recommended.