Sheffield in the Uk is home to a new sunken Japanese garden that is built within a walled Victorian garden at Meersbrook park. Volunteers lovingly constructed it over a two year period and it has been open since the summer of this year.
In July 2010 the walled garden was awarded the national Green Pennant for being one of the best kept green spaces in the country and it also won a Gold award at Sheffield in bloom. The once empty space has been transformed by Japanese garden designer Naho Tanaka and includes Acers, Hostra, Willows and Bamboo- some of the principle ingredients of Japanese garden plants and trees.
It also has a fantastic water bowl and peace poles with prayers in Japanese for extra authenticity. The garden is always looking for volunteers to help out and this may just be the opportunity that you have been waiting for if you have some spare time and are interested in making a Japanese garden yourself. Don’t think you have to have a big space either because you don’t…although a walled garden would be nice!!
It’s well worth a visit and if you go please send me some pictures so that I can share them with readers of this blog.
Our design site with lote of very useful information on Japanese garden design is now online at : www.makingajapanesegarden.com and you should take a look- we have a video and phtographs on there too.