One of the great pleasures of being a gardener is to see other gardener’s personal spaces. In this case, my friend Bob has an amazing Japanese garden behind a wooden fence that belies what is behind it. Once you open the gate you see a garden with two pools. One upper pool and one lower pool are connected by a babbling rockery and waterfall. The path takes you across this area of the water feature on a small red-railed bridge typical of many small bridges in Japanese landscapes. The bridge and the path take you to a nice bench where you can sit and enjoy the sounds of the water and the beautiful pools and streams with kois happily playing. This is where Bob views his garden many afternoons. Looking up from the pools, you see a beautifully designed tea house which is really a potting shed and storage unit, but the external look is a tea house. While this is not a large space, the rest of the garden has paths that meander down a hill with touches of Japanese accents in a naturalistic setting. Yes, as you can see from the images, this is a very special place that is tended with great care by one of the most noted specialists on Japanese gardening in Birmingham.
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