Soul of the Garden
Images of the Seattle Japanese Tea Garden
The Seattle Japanese Tea Garden is located in the Washington Park Arboretum just a few minutes by bus or cab from downtown Seattle. It is considered by many to be one of the finest Japanese gardens outside of Japan and I believe it. This small jewel of a garden rewards you at nearly every step with carefully orchestrated views, lush plantings, and exceptional maintenance. The garden is so incredibly well groomed I kept expecting to see Zen monks trimming the pine needles with tiny scissors! I was relieved to see just a few folks who looked like parks department staff or volunteers doing all of the work. If your travel itinerary ever takes you to Seattle, be sure to spend a few hours here enjoying a true taste of the artistry of Japan (in America.)
Lantern with a moss "stream bank" and an exquisite Japanese maple.
A stone foot bridge near the entrance.
Looking in the other direction.
A faux stream bank with Japanese iris in bloom.
Where the stream enters the koi pond.
A small tributary stream passes a lantern.
The pond is lined with iris and perfectly pruned pines.
A wider view.
Carefully trained pine tree.
A little wider.
One of the bridges that crosses the pond.
The pond has several islands that are favorite resting places for feathered visitors.
Another bridge done in a very traditional Japanese style.
I wasn't the only visitor enjoying the pond.
A side entrance.
Strolling the grounds.
Don't hurry through the gardens expecting to be "entertained." Sit for a while and let the peace of this place work its magic on you.
My favorite shot - a wisteria covered structure with a "borrowed view" of the arboretum beyond.
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