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Penguin Environmental Design » Mystery in Japanese gardens

Mystery in Japanese gardens

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Blog

We had a chance to visit the Japanese garden at Pocantico Hills in Tarrytown, New York. The garden was originally designed by two Japanese, Mr. Ueda and Mr. Takahashi, in the property of John D. Rockefeller. In the 1960’s David Engel redesigned the garden when the garden was relocated.

It was fun to walk on stepping stones in a pond.

It was fun to walk on stepping stones in a pond.

Mystery is an important keyword when designers think of gardens for pleasure. Have you ever played hide and seek at gardens when you were child? No matter which style it is, a garden can become a place for your happy experience and happy memory. Personally, I learned it from Japanese gardens. 

Walking the Japanese garden at Pocantico Hills was much fun. The garden was designed to stroll through different styles of Japanese gardens. The stepping stones were staggering and raised from ground so that we had to pay attentions to our feet. Raising our heads, suddenly we noticed that we were in a new garden that was different from before. Stepping stones extended into a water. This landscape reminded me that I played at a natural river when I was child. (T)