Saturday, February 16, 2013

Shinzen Friendship Garden

Tucked away in a corner of Woodward Park in Fresno is a little gem called The Shinzen Friendship Garden.

While the seeds for a Japanese garden in Fresno were planted in the early 1970s, it wasn't until 1981 that it opened to the public.   Angel Island is a perfect welcome to visitors.

While the garden is bursting with flowering trees it was just a bit early to see most of them in bloom.  The Bradford Pears that are blooming all over town were one exception.

The floor of a natural wooded area was covered in a blanket of violets.  

Rocky streams do Mother Nature proud.

A meandering path leads through an area devoted completely to flowering trees.  (If you are in the area,  a visit in the next 2-3 weeks would be fabulous!).

Oh rats!  so disappointed to see a ORANGE traffic cone in the background of this shot!

The pond is full of giant koi; still, this fish bowl caught me eye.

What Japanese Garden would be complete without a arch bridge?

Behind a bamboo gate a secret path leads to the Tea House;  it's open to the public twice a year for special ceremonies.

Hugs to dear friend Raney for taking me to this lovely garden!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a very lovely place. Glad you got to enjoy it.


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