Garden Design

Where’s Cherry? Burchart Japanese Garden

Cherry Ong, friend of the GPOD, has enjoyed traveling to wonderful gardens lately and sharing incredible photos with us, so we’re starting today what is going to be a semi-regular Friday feature, “Where’s Cherry,” featuring her visits to inspiring gardens.

Today she’s taking us to Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia—more specifically, the Japanese garden.

japanese garden with pink plantThis stunning view of the garden features a huge mass of pink Astilbe glabberima var. saxatilis (Zones 6–8), one of the shortest of the astilbes, but certainly not a slacker when it comes to bloom.

garden full of light pink flowersThe airy clouds of pink astilbe flowers up close

stone lantern covered in mossA traditional stone lantern has collected a carpet of moss.

concrete sculpture that looks like woodAn unusual piece of faux bois (a technique of mimicking the texture of wood in concrete) sculpture in the garden. Cherry discovered that the foux bois at Butchart is the work of an artist named Francois Scotti (more info on him here).

raked gravel zen gardenNo formal Japanese garden is complete without raked gravel, which is both beautiful and a tool for Zen meditation.

japanese maple surrounded by fernsThe trunk of an old Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) has become an incredible piece of living sculpture.

foliage plants around a garden pondA cascade of Japanese maple foliage creates the effect of a waterfall into the pool.

stepping stones through a garden pondStepping-stones across water are traditional in Japanese gardens, as they force you to slow down, step carefully, and focus on the space you are moving through.

garden full of foliage in different shades of greenFoliage in a thousand shades of green

perfectly shaped shrubsCarefully shaped shrubs in the cloud-pruning style line this pathway. Pruning is high art in Japanese gardens, with masters carefully shaping each branch to aesthetic perfection, much like the art of bonsai but on a larger scale.

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