Landscapes and Gardens – A Japanese Moss Garden

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Blog, Gardening and Outdoor Spaces | 0 comments

Landscapes and Gardens – A Japanese Moss Garden

Landscapes and Gardens – A Japanese Moss Garden

Summer in Japan is rainy season, and a chance discovery while attempting to avoid the drizzle, led me to a breathtaking and mysterious garden landscape at the Hakone Museum of Art.  Strolling through the museums’s moss garden in the mid morning cool air and taking in the lush greenery was a surreal experience.

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There are 130 varieties of moss in the garden, shrouded by 200 maple trees, all in a lush green shade.  So used to the grass covered lawns in my own tropical home, I marvelled at the beauty of the moss covered garden surface.

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Stone paths winding through the garden lead to a charming Japanese tea house.

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Enjoying a japanese sweet dessert with a view of the moss garden from the tea house.

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The various stone pavings that take you through the moss garden.

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A traditional japanese house in the garden grounds.

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An inspiration indeed – moss completes a landscape composition pulling together rocks, earth and plants.  I have seen efforts to reproduce the beauty of moss gardens in bonsai arrangements, courtyards and between pathways and paving stones.  It was a privilege to have been able to admire an original Japanese moss garden at its brightest green in June, and to experience the serene and tranquil atmosphere.  It was as if time stood still.

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