Take time to savor Ryoanji's splendors

Environment | GARDENS FOR ALL Feb 14, 2002

Take time to savor Ryoanji's splendors

The stone garden at Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto is perhaps the most famous of all Japanese gardens, and in 1994 it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Open throughout the year, this 500-year-old Zen Buddhist masterpiece richly rewards visits at different seasons, and ...

If you go down to the woods today . . .

Environment | GARDENS FOR ALL Dec 13, 2001

If you go down to the woods today . . .

By this time of year, with temperatures dropping fast and the wind whipping up, the leaves of deciduous trees have almost all fallen. I love to see them coming down, revealing intricate networks of boughs and branches. Going home from school in Dublin as a ...

Where's the best bloomin' desert in the world?

Environment | GARDENS FOR ALL Nov 29, 2001

Where's the best bloomin' desert in the world?

Huntington Botanic Gardens is magnificent. Comprising no fewer than 15 specialized gardens set on 54 hectares of the 86-hectare San Marino estate a mere 20 km northeast of downtown Los Angeles, it is home to an astonishing 14,000-plus species of plants. In particular, the Desert ...

A wonderland wrought from one man's vision

Environment | GARDENS FOR ALL Nov 1, 2001

A wonderland wrought from one man's vision

In June this year I had the pleasure of visiting three wonderful gardens in California -- all of which I would strongly recommend for a leisurely and enjoyable visit. I will cover one apiece in this and two following articles. Descanso Gardens is located in ...

Environment | GARDENING FOR ALL Oct 11, 2001

Firmly rooted in tradition and daily life

In the foothills of Mount Fuji, there is a fascinating botanical garden devoted to the cultivation and display of bamboo plants and products. Unique in this country, the Fuji Bamboo Garden, which opened on its 4-hectare site in 1951, cultivates more than 500 species ...

Environment | GARDENING FOR ALL Sep 27, 2001

Medicinal ornaments

Last year, while searching the southern part of the Kii Peninsula for the elusive yellow-flowered toad lily (Kii joro-hototogisu, Tricyrtis macranthopsis), I came across an unusual tree, a "new discovery" that made my day. A shower-of-gold tree (Cassia surattensis) in full bloom almost seems to ...