By Kim Charles

Karla Roady uses her travels to Japan as inspiration for her unique miniature garden.

"I live in Southern Oregon (the best climate in the U.S., Zone 7-8.) A love of bonsai figurines and a fear of tending bonsai plants lead me to imagine and develop an oriental-themed miniature garden. When I found miniature plants I was on my way. A friend gave me two bonsai plants in their containers; they are in the garden and their roots have now grown through the containers. My husband and I built from Japanese kits, three temples (ones we had visited in Japan.) The garden includes a broken-down cart with a broken vase. Sitting on some of the shards is the sad little man whose cart and vase are ruined. There is a lake with fishermen. From the lake one passes by the first temple, then on to the walled garden with the women having a tea ceremony. Behind them is a mountain; not Mt. Fuji, more like Oregon’s Mt. Hood! I am now working on a Middle-Earth Woodland Garden."

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