Peace and Longevity

October: A Garden Portrait

Japanese stroll gardens are places of contemplation and harmony where visitors can wander along meandering paths through thoughtfully planned landscapes. The Japanese Garden at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba is the largest stroll garden in Australia. Its traditional design includes large rocks, a tumbling waterfall and a central lake surrounded by sweeping lawns and sloping beds of Japanese and Australian native plants.

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Children come to feed the resident ducks, artists can often be seen recreating the serenity on paper and, on most weekends, wedding ceremonies take place here. Whatever the activity, the garden lives up to its name – Ju Raku En – public place of peace and longevity.

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The Japanese Garden is located in Regent Street, Darling Heights, Toowoomba and is open daily 6:00 am to dusk. Entry is free.

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38 thoughts on “Peace and Longevity

  1. This garden does look serene! And I love the message too. I can enjoy a traditional Chinese Garden [if I pay for the pleasure] not far from my home, but it is quite small and gets rather crowded, so it’s sadly not at all serene!

  2. I like the idea of calling a garden a ‘stroll’ garden and both the Japanese and Chinese ones always convey tranquillity and calmness, where you can gather your thoughts and de-stress. Every city should have one! Thanks for the share Carol. And the lovely stroll πŸ™‚

  3. I love Japanese gardens….and generally seek out Botanic gardens wherever we go. The last one that comes to mind is the Chicago Botanic gardens… which also has a lovely Japanese garden. Your photos really capture the peace and tranquility and simple beauty of Japanese gardens.

    Peta

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