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GPOD on the Road: Spring from the Takata Japanese Garden

Traditional Japanese gardening in the Pacific Northwest

bridge over small stream cutting through the garden

Today friend of the GPOD Cherry Ong is taking us along to the Takata Japanese Garden at the Horticulture Center of the Pacific (HCP) in Victoria, British Columbia, which she visited in the peak of spring.

large shrub covered in pink flowersA stunning camellia (Camellia japonica, Zones 7–9) is loaded down with blooms.

Japanese-style pavilionThe pavilion is finally complete! It was under construction when we visited last year.

garden with lots of rocksI love this, which I think is a repurposed taiko drum.

Japanese-style Zen rock gardenA beautiful traditional Japanese gravel garden, raked for use in Zen meditation.

bridge over small stream cutting through the gardenAn elegant bridge arches through the garden, framed by the towering trees.

circular Bonsai gardenThe Bonsai Garden is to die for! Even the display table is beautifully crafted.

Bonsai tree with bright green foliageA stunning bonsai tree, carefully pruned to recreate the form of a mature tree in miniature

small garden stream surrounded by spring plantsThe stream through the garden is lined with perennials and trees just pushing into spring growth.

big cluster of white flowersRhododendron ‘Moonstone’ (Zones 7–10)

large shrubs in full bloomClouds of rhododendrons in bloom


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  1. Chellemp 05/27/2022

    The garden looks so naturally beautiful. The stream and the bonsai are my favorites. Thanks for sharing!

    1. perenniallycrazy 05/27/2022

      You’re welcome.

  2. btucker9675 05/27/2022

    Fabulous garden - I'm certain I need that pavilion in my back garden! That camellia is beyond....

    1. perenniallycrazy 05/27/2022

      Everyone needs a pavilion in their garden.

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    simplesue 05/28/2022

    I think in a perfect world- Fine Gardening could pay Cherry Ong to travel around and visit gardens to share with us as she already does for free! I've "visited" more public gardens via Cherry Ong, than I even knew existed- always a pleasure to see her posts!

    1. perenniallycrazy 07/20/2022

      That would definitely work for me! LOL. Happy to share my gardening photos with you all.

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    treasuresmom 05/28/2022


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