Dr. Bob’s Japanese Garden

The new tea house in the garden looking from a bench over looking the lower pool

The new tea house in the garden looking from a bench overlooking the lower pool

Bridge over the stream that that connects paths in the garden

Bridge over the stream that connects paths in the garden

Looking across the lower pool at a planting of hosta

Looking across the lower pool at a planting of hosta

Lower pool

Lower pool

Kois in the lower pool; some weighing as much as 13 pounds

Kois in the lower pool – some weighing as much as 13 pounds

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.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

3 thoughts on “Dr. Bob’s Japanese Garden

  1. Love to see your garden in the very near future if thats at all possible? Are there any Open Days? (Not this weekend)
    Cheers John

  2. This is just fine John. Thanks. If people want to communicate with me, perhaps even visit my garden, I am open to that. They can email or call.

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