Japanse Shindo Garden

History about the garden

Our garden is the result of gathering new impressions, planning and testing. Constructing a Japanese garden of symbols turned out to be not that easy, especially because we wanted to represent the symbols in a typically Japanese landscape.

We also had to put 60 tons of rocks in their right place, which seemed to be a tough job literally and metaphorically.

Earlier view of the garden [Click to enlarge]

"Create Your Own Japanese Garden", published by the Japanese Garden Institute made our dream come true. Turning our previous classical garden into a Japanese garden required good planning, the usual dose of muscles, and a lot of patience. When entering the garden, visitors will see the original Zen part of the gardenwith a stone river and rocks. From this point, the garden gradually attained its present form.

While planning the garden we also took into account the yin and the yang principles to make sure that the garden elements balance each other out.

Final view of the garden [Click to enlarge]

Fortunately, we were able to use 80% of the trees and bushes from our former garden (1990).

We did buy some maples and bonsais, which determine the character of our present garden to a large extent.

In 2004, we put the finishing touches to the temple roof that covers the garden terrace in order to provide a grandstand view of the whole garden.

Japanese Flower Garden [Click to enlarge]

In 2006, we started with the construction of a second and a third garden. The second garden is a bonsai garden where you can follow the evolution of a starting plant to a bonsai.

The third garden is probably unique in Europe. It’s a Japanese flower garden! Besides a lot of efflorescent fixed plants, each year, a mass of astonishing yearling Japanese flowers will definitely charm you… They are a delight for both your eyes and nose. This colourful garden will be different each year.

Visitors center [Klik om te vergroten]

April 2010

With the opening of the visitor center, we have considerably improved the ability to welcome our visitors. The visitor center, with more than 50 seats, offers a magnificent view on the shindogarden. The garden terrace provides a connection between the garden and the visitor center.

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