Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dawes Arboretum Japanese Garden


Here are some more pictures of our visit to Dawes Arboretum this Spring. These are from the Japanese Garden there.


When we saw this we wondered how many children may have ran through it to leave their footprints. LOL!


DA_Japanese_WhiteIris_SM  Japanese Irises were in bloom were stuck in among the boulders to soften the look.



The lake in the Japanese Garden was just so beautiful. We could see very large Koi swimming all around in the lake.

DA_JapaneseGarden_Rockbridge From the rains that day the rocks of this rock bridge across the upper end of the lake were really slippery looking so we did not attempt to try to cross them.



The paths around the lake were beautiful with Azalea’s and other flowering shrubs lining them. We saw many locals who were using the many paths at the  arboretum for their daily walks. If I lived nearby I would be among them. It was such a tranquil place to walk and I can imagine there would be something new to look at every day whether from the many plantings or from the many animals and birds who called it home. I noticed they did have a lot of fencing around some of the smaller trees to keep the deer away from them.


I think these were Duetzia shrubs although I could not find a tag for them. I am certain some of you wonderful gardeners will correct me if I am wrong on this one. They were filled with small white blooms.



Kerria japonica variegata white edge.


We both loved this  Osakazuki  Japanese Maple. There was a slight edging of the leaves with red and the seed pods were red.


Allium cristophii Star of Persia

DA_HouseGateI have just the right spot for one of these gate arbors if only I had a fella who could build it.  LOL!

IMG_0136 The temperature is 64 degrees and raining again here today but they are saying we will be getting hot weather this week, but alas the rain will still be continuing.

Happy Gardening,



Gatsbys Gardens said...


This is a beautiful place. I am not a fan of Japanese type gardens, but this one is so soft and whispy. Maybe I was wrong thinking the plantings were so structured like Bonsai.


Gardening in a Sandbox said...

The Japanese garden looks so quiet and peaceful. I could see that it looks like a wonderful place to wander. Your mysterty shrub looks like my Deutzia...pearls something or other. V

Bernie said...

It would be an absolute pleasure to wander around these gardens and I imagine a very peaceful experience as well. Wonderful views, especially around the lake area. Lol, I wonder who gets the job of raking that sandpit every day!

A Garden of Threads said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful garden. I would also love one of those gates. Our long range forecast for the summer is hot and dry. It will be quite the change from spring, where we have had cool and wet.
Have a great week.

NellJean said...

Such a lovely, lovely garden. I could use one of those arbors, too. I could also use the gardeners who keep the place immaculate.

Debby said...

The Japanese Gardens at Dawes is my favorite part of the park. It is so serene. I hope you are enjoying your summer.

Grace said...

Beautiful, Lona. This looks like a wonderful place for a stroll. I hope you get some nice weather this week.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I just love Japanese Gardens, one of my very favorite kinds. They are always so peaceful and relaxing feeling. The plantings there are so pretty!
We had some sun for a change today, hope you warm up there too.

gardeningasylum said...

Lona, those are beautiful shots! I don't have the discipline to make a Japanese garden, but they are such lovely places to visit as well as photograph.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Lona,
Yes, that is a beautiful place! I thought the sand or whatever that is, was water when I saw the first photo of it.

You mentioned wanting some white milkweed seeds. This kind was swamp milkweed. Some swamp milkweeds are pink, too.

You also wondered how I keep track of all of my plants. I had to laugh, because I think I am the queen of forgetfulness. Some days I can remember the name of a plant I am looking at, and other days, not.

Mildred said...

Hi Lona, So very nice to visit with you. What a lovely place to visit. I love Japanese gardens and this is a real beauty. Wishing you a nice evening.

Patsi said...

Why is it that the Japanese have some of the best plant,shurbs and trees?
Always love tours. Thanks.

The Sage Butterfly said...

Japanese gardens always have a feeling of such peace. My favorites: the rock bridge and the gate arbor. Thanks for sharing!

Andrea said...

How nice to sit in a corner, read a book, sketchpad in tow and think of happy times, haha! thanks.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Simply exquisite...and what a wonderful thing to wonder about.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

What a lovely garden. I envy the 64 degrees days right now, ours is nearing 100 and very very humid. My garden needs tending, but too hot!!
Love the frilly Japanese Iris at the top of the post. said...

Very beautiful garden. That's deutzia. A garden near us, not Japanese, has a courtyard with gravel raked in a circle. It's funny, but even the children don't walk on it.

Splendid Little Stars said...

What a lovely place!
That looks like deutzia to me. I have 2 of these plants in my garden.

Cathy and Steve said...

What a lovely place to visit! Thanks so much for introducing us to it. I imagine the rest of the park is equally lovely.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Lona girl just looking at these pictures is relaxing ! I love Zen garden themes and if we ever won the lottery (daydream time is nice eh ?) I would have different themed gardens(and a team to do the hard work of course .. while I flitter around in finer pajamas) I would have many different garden 'rooms!!
You took gorgeous pictures of it all Lona .. thanks for the fuel for more day dreaming girl ! LOL
Joy : )

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Peaceful... I think we all love Japanese gardens. They help us to relax... Great photos, Lona! Thank you!

Joe Todd said...

Dawes is a special place. Been busy in the garden when it isn't raining LOl.. Benn doing almost to much running around this year.. Keep your thumb green...