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May 09, 2005



For me the most remarkable part of the Anderson garden is the magic that makes the visitor forget where the garden is. It seems to have no bounds. Streams come & go as if they are real. The boundaries are invisible. I have deep respect for this kind of magic, this kind of art.

I have been to quite a few japanese style gardens and enjoy the style but they usually seem to be islands defined by the contrast surrounding them (the one at Chicago Botanic for example). Anderson is unique in my experience and truly makes you understand the contemplative aspects for the style. The structures are beautiful. Who knew Pachysandra could be so poetic?


Are flowering dogwoods uncommon in your area? Here, both the pink and white varieties are a sure sign that spring has arrived, appearing in yards and gardens, along highways and growing wild in the woods. They are used profusely in churches (especially Baptist) at Easter due to the legend of Christ attached to their flowers. http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/plantanswers/trees/dogwood.html

Chan S.

Gardensole, your comment expresses it perfectly!

Avril, Rockford is just 75 miles south, but it tends to be a tad warmer, and some marginally hardy plants here do OK there. I love dogwood trees--dating back to when my husband and I took the New Orleans-to-D.C. train on one leg of our honeymoon in late April and saw dogwoods in bloom for hundreds of miles along the route. Dearly wish I could grow one here...maybe I'll give it a try one of these days.


I grew up in southern Ohio and keep trying to push the limits to grow old friends and memories; sycamores, osage orange, american beech. And I've won some & lost some but I love dogwoods so much that I won't even try...


Chan, great post.

A breath of relaxation at the beginning of a busy day.
Informative, poetic, and beautiful.
Perfect use of the Internet.

(I wonder if there are Kanji that could convey those three sentences in haiku form?)

Chan S.

Gardensole, I know what you mean. I'm very grateful to have found a place so close where I can see them again.

John, thanks for the compliment, and what a very nice haiku!

With some help from AltaVista Babel Fish:
使用中日の初めに 弛緩の呼吸
報知的, 詩的, 美しい
(My expertise in kanji is pretty much limited to 4 strokes or less, so this may very well be the Japanese equivalent of "Engrish"...to all who actually know Japanese well, gomennasai.)

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