Japanese Gardens in DC area

Nell(VA 6)June 13, 2009

I am just starting to plan a courtyard garden and I would like to visit some Japanese Gardens for inspiration. I live in Manassas, VA outside of DC and I'd like to know of places within day-trip distance. I have already been to the national arboretum and Hillwood. Surely there are more?


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If you don't mind the drive... you may want to check out Shofuso in Philadelphia. It would be a full day for you. You can check out their website under Shofuso. The only other place would probably be Brooklyn Botanical Garden.


    Bookmark   June 13, 2009 at 8:12PM
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Nell, although this is virtual, I have been told (Guestbook e.o.) that people do find inspiration at Tsubo-en.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tsubo-en Zen Garden, Netherlands

    Bookmark   June 16, 2009 at 5:13AM
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I have one in my back yard - japanese gardern for small space. It is in Herndon, VA, near route 28.

you can see it here (may be little slow some times)


    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 4:24PM
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Nell(VA 6)

That's gorgeous! May I ask you how long it took you to develop it? Did you design it yourself?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 4:39PM
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Yes, I did it by myself, design, implementation and testing !!. I got couple of books on Japanese garden from Library. Then googled it to get more info. Bought the arch bridge from Big Lots for $65.00. Build the zig-zag bridge from the remnants from home depot. I keep my yard in good condition so Town awarded me the best yard plus $100.00 with that I bought the Japanese lantern (Toro). Bamboos I got it from Maryland. One familty wanted to get rid of the bamboo invasion of their backyard. It took me 4 years !!. Not becuase of actual constuction. I have a 4 year old. When ever I take the spade of pick ax, he wanted it. When ever I move the soil for the pond , he put it back. He enjoyed as much as I did. Now he is 8.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 2:29PM
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please see my blog

(How to create a Japanese garden)


    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 8:38PM
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Nell(VA 6)

Awesome blog! Thanks so much!

    Bookmark   August 6, 2009 at 12:35PM
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The entrance to the Bonsai garden at the National Arboretum in DC has a nice small garden. Maymont garden in RIchmond, Va has a stroll garden, and local Richmond Japanese Garden designer Junko Liesfield (Zoengarden.com) has a fantastic garden at her home in Monteplier, Va.

I began my garden 7 years ago in Richmond. I moved into a property with a quarry in my front yard. The quarry is spring water filled and a home for koi. I found 120 boulder in a ditch in the back yard and hired an excavator to move and place them in groupings around the yard. Now installing irrigation and background entohki-en plantings.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 5:55PM
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I just built a small rock garden with white gravel in Chevy Chase. I'm interested in meeting other Japanese gardeners in DC area.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 10:29AM
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Brooklyn Botanical Garden has a very nice Japanese Garden, for certain.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 8:37PM
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Nell(VA 6)

I will go look. Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 10:28AM
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