This peaceful retreat is patterned after the Zen gardens in Japan.
The raked "sea" of white stone simulates waves on the surface of a lake while the mounded shrubs evoke the idea of hills and mountains. This garden was originally designed and built by NC State University students and faculty with assistance from the landscape industry. The magnificent Japanese crepe myrtle, Lagerstroemia fauriei, was installed as a 10' plant in 1982.
Japanese gardens are often broadly separated into three groups. Chaniwa or tea gardens are built for the tea ceremony. Tsukiyama or hill gardens create a miniature reproduction of natural scenery. Karesansui or dry gardens reproduce natural landscapes in a more abstract way often using stones and sand. This garden represents the Karesansui style of garden.
Sign Sponsored by the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust