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Hana is a Flower that Opens for One Day Only
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The Public has One Day Only to See Hana in Person.

Queenslanders don't have to visit Japan to experience an authentic Zen garden, but they will need to act fast! You have a one and only chance to see a special, $500,000 private oasis at Elements retirement village at Springwood for its open day on the 18th of June. After that date, only the residents of Elements will have unfettered access to the lovely landscape.

The Zen Garden at Elements is set against 470 hectares of lush koala habitat, just south of Brisbane. It was especially designed for the enjoyment of residents by Tokyo-based master landscaper Tamon Yamaguchi. The garden's name is 'Hana' which is the Japanese for 'Flower'. Village founder and Managing Director Chiou See Anderson said the garden was so beautiful it should be enjoyed by the wider community. That's why it was decided to open Hana to the public for one special day only.

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Come Along and Experience this Beautiful Space.

"I had the immense pleasure of creating this Japanese garden," Mr. Yamaguchi said, "A Japanese garden is never boring, it is never dull and always full of life. It is completely different to any other type of garden found in the west."

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There are Surprises Around Each Corner of the Garden.

Hana cannot be seen in its entirety from one point. Mr. Yamaguchi has designed it this way on purpose so it encourages you to keep going, keep discovering, wondering what's around the corner or under that rock. Ms. Anderson said many complex and intricate elements were incorporated into the design but it still exuded tranquility. "You don't have to be a garden enthusiast to appreciate its beauty," she said.

Japanese Zen gardens are meant to encourage relaxation, meditation and reflection. They're carefully designed with mini landscapes throughout. Selection and placement of rocks is very important, as are things like water features, seating and bridges. Many items in a Japanese garden have symbolic meanings and adhere to Japanese aesthetic and philosophical ideas.

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Hana Japanese Zen Garden is Named After the Japanese Word for Flower.

Elements is a purpose-built community for singles and couples aged over 55. It currently has 73 single level villas; stage 4 is now underway and, when complete, the village will have 123 modern homes. Hana boasts a tea house, male and female waterfalls, large pond, cedar wood entrance door, several specially crafted bridges and a magnificent array of plants including Japanese Maple and Chinese Elm.

Aside from the chance to explore every corner of the beautiful garden, there will also be Japanese tea ceremonies during the open day to give people a real taste of Japan. It's a free event and there's no need to book, just head along to Elements at Dennis Rd Springwood to experience an amazing and relaxing landscape.
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Why? It's an Exclusive Chance to See an Amazing Garden
When: 18th June
Phone: (07) 3299 3775
Where: Hana Japanese Garden at Elements
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Wow sounds beautiful. Thanks for the info :)
by tamzi (score: 0|6) 1214 days ago
just looking at the garden i can feel the relaxation
by pictu (score: 0|4) 1214 days ago
Definitely on my list to see.
by karen (score: 0|7) 1213 days ago
I've received a message from the organisers saying this event is postponed due to poor weather. I'll let all the readers know when I get an update on date.
by Kiesten McCauley (score: 2|537) 1201 days ago
I am planning to visit in October then I make sure to come
by avant (score: 0|2) 1202 days ago
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