THE ANCIENT PURPOSE OF JAPANESE GARDENS
To distill the energy of nature into a place that attracted divine spirits, thereby allowing humans to consort with them and become enlightened and renewed. In Japanese garden design, “living” stones and plants are arranged specifically to release their positive energy vibrations for humans to receive.
In modern history, Japanese gardens have long been appreciated and understood as places where individuals can experience peace and tranquility. In fact, recent medical research has confirmed lowered heart rates and increased brain function in people who are in a Japanese garden. The healing effects of gardens is a phenomenon gardeners have known intuitively, but is now being proven with empirical data.
Lotusland’s Japanese garden, where nature and visitors meet in artful and mindful respite, is the most popular of the gardens at Lotusland and a place where one can begin to restore body and spirit. Honoring that essence of peace and rejuvenation, we chose Restoring Body & Spirit as the theme for our campaign to renovate and endow the Japanese Garden. This theme is a metaphor for the actions we will take to improve and enhance the physical condition of the garden and restore Madame’s vision.
We will restore the body and soul of the Japanese Garden, making it possible for members and visitors to do the same. The Torii, chosen as the symbol for our campaign, symbolizes the transition from a chaotic and mundane world into a sacred and peaceful space. Indeed, it is our intent that all visitors, no matter their physical, mental or emotional condition, may enter the Japanese garden and leave their hectic lives and a troubling world behind to be refreshed and restored.
There are a few key aspects to the Japanese Garden Renovation Project. The pathway system will be modified to be fully accessible to visitors with physical disabilities, as well as to frame views and reveal garden elements to inspire and delight visitors. New gathering spaces along the paths will allow visitors to simply be in that space to view and contemplate the garden- something that is currently not possible. The new gathering spaces will also enable unprecedented programming.
We will also reconstruct the pond with a liner and biofiltration system so the water is clear and the Koi fish may be observed, further enhancing the human-nature connection and the energy of the garden. We will rebuild structural elements, replace aging plants and restore original plantings.
Finally, we will seek endowment support so that the Japanese Garden’s maintenance will endure in perpetuity, thereby sustaining the body and spirit of future generations of visitors to the garden.
For more information about the Japanese Garden Renovation Project, or if you are interested in learning how you can support this project, please contact Rebecca Anderson at 805.969.3767, ext. 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org