Japanese Garden of Contemplation

This garden is one of the Paradise Garden Collection at Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand and follows on from my previous post.

Japanese Garden of Contemplation

Fluid echoes dance –

Ripples of sun and water

Hold dreams in the eaves

~ Vonnie Hughes, Auckland (winner of the Hamilton Gardens Japanese Poetry Compettion 1998

Japanese Garden of Contemplation
Japanese Garden of Contemplation
A Pagoda
A Pagoda

Take time to contemplate the carefully laid out arrangements from your seat in the Abbott’s Quarters and watch your mind relax as you view the serene landscape. This is a garden that embraces contradiction in all its forms: you will see contradictory pairs such as movement/stillness, complexity/simplicity, vastness/ smallness, and even wet/dry.


18 Comments Add yours

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oriental gardens have that quality don’t they?

      1. We have a gorgeous Japanese Garden here in my city. It is lovely in Autumn and Spring.

  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Very peaceful I’m sure but too stark for me!

  2. Oh that really is paradise! That’s somewhere that I could happily sit for hours enjoying nature and maybe writing a few poems 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes it is a very contemplative garden and the swallows were a delight.

      1. The perfect bird for such a setting 🙂

  3. Looks like a beautiful place to relax and breathe. A little yoga maybe? 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      If you like… 🙂

  4. I don’t know why I’m draw to things Japanese – haiku, tea ceremony, minimalist gardens, Ikebana (but not bonsai) – when I’m also drawn to the baroque. Your header captures the meditative feeling beautifully. Have you been to Kyoto?

    1. Heyjude says:

      I don’t get it either. I love flowers and colours, but Oriental gardens fill me with such peace and they contain neither – well, Chinese gardens usually have a bit of red, but in structures not plants. Perhaps I should think about having a courtyard garden instead of a flower garden. Mmm…

    2. Heyjude says:

      Oh, and no I haven’t visited Japan, though I did have the opportunity to do so several years ago as OH attended a conference there. I just didn’t fancy the long flight at the time. Stupid of me, I think I would have loved it there!

  5. pommepal says:

    I’m loving all these posts on the beautiful Hamilton Gardens Jude. You have captured the serenity.

    1. Heyjude says:

      How can an amazing space like this be free to the public PP? It must take a lot of cash to maintain and redesign this garden. I could spend a lot of time here.

      1. pommepal says:

        It would be a joy to be a “friend of these gardens” and help with the maintenance.

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