japanese garden 2
Many of the formal structural elements and the trees in the Japanese Garden date from its creation in 1910. Japanese landscape gardener Isaburo Kishida, of Yokohama, designed this garden. (Kishida also created private gardens for several local residents, including Robert and Jennie Butchart).
A tortoise-shaped island in a pond symbolizes 10,000 years of longevity while two statues of cranes on a rocky islet represent 1000 years. The garden also includes other elements common to Japanese gardens such as a well, water bowl, stone lanterns and stone groupings. Twisting paths and humped bridge: evil spirits can only go in straight lines.