This was the first Japanese-style garden I ever visited as a child. It was beautiful, but mostly I remember the small trinkets from the gift shop that my parents bought for me.
The next time I visited was in my early teen years, and I truly appreciated the beauty of the place. I was very interested in gardens at the time (thinking of a career in it in fact), and I marveled at the care and detail that went into the place.
The third and most recent time I visited, part of the garden was undergoing renovation, and the whole area seemed smaller. I’m not sure if it was because of the renovation closing things down, or because my view of the world had grown. Either way, it was still completely gorgeous and worthwhile to visit again.over 5 years ago