Part II: Maymont’s Japanese Garden.
The immense Japanese garden is a site to behold. There are so many varieties of trees here that they make the textural space feel like a garden even when no flowers are in bloom. These lovely huge trees gently loom with the same serenity as the garden and yet have an old rustic character about them. The textures between the leaves and the barks hold their interest in a way I’ve not noticed in other gardens.
Just the other weekend there was an Asian dressed bride and groom wandering the garden getting their pictures taken. It was a perfect day for it as well.
There is a stunning still pond centralizing the garden. Paths twist and turn around it and over it toward the waterfall. The garden areas are distinctly different and yet all part of the same landscape.
On one side of the pond is a lovely small hut with seating inside for the possibly tired and sun-beaten traveler.
Inside there is a special treat. If you walk up the railing looking out over the water, break your camera out and point it down! There are dozens of the most colorful large fish swimming close to the surface. More added value with the fun of the trek here.
This history of the garden is quite interesting in visual terms. According to Maymont’s website, “it is believed they hired Muto, a master Japanese gardener who had designed gardens for other estates along the East Coast.” Later there were renovations to create a “stroll garden” which Maymont explains, “is designed to offer the visitor changing impressions of nature as the various areas come into view.”
Overall this one garden deserves a thorough stroll and photo opportunity. This would be a great destination garden on its own. Fortunately for visitors, it’s just one of the many environments one gets to experience here.
Tomorrow were heading up to the Italian Garden! Just above the Waterfall and the magnificent waterfall stairs.
- The Huntington’s Japanese Garden in San Marino, California.
- Part I: Maymont Overview
- Part VII: The Japanese Style Garden at Brookside Gardens.
- The Portland Japanese Garden: Where nature and ambiance meet
- Part V: The Maymont Arboretum and Tree Experience