|Inside the Tea House|
At the suggestion of a landscape designer to preserve the garden, Mr. Humes hired director Stephen Morrell in 1981 to rehabilitate the garden with the intention of opening it to the public.. Extensive additions were made, which expanded the gardens original two acres into four. Finally, in 1986, the garden did open to the public, but something was missing. Even with the extensive additions made by Mr. Morrell, it was discovered that more resources were needed if the garden was to succeed and in 1993, the Garden Conservancy assumed management.
A grant by the Japan World Exposition Commemorative Fund was awarded to the garden in 1997 and was successfully matched by the Garden Conservancy together with the Humes Foundation and Friends of the Humes Japanese Stroll Garden to restore the pond and waterfall. The project was completed the following year.
The stroll garden should be used as a quiet place to reflect and meditate, losing all cares and worries from the outside world, creating an inner peace within.. Here you are one with the garden.
|One of the fountains in the garden|
A tea ceremony is held inside the Tea House on certain days of the month. The tea ceremony is an important part of the Japanese lifestyle and a spiritual exchange between host, guest and the environment. It is also a ceremony of friendship. On Susan's first visit to the gardens, she was invited inside to take part.
|Outside the Tea House|
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