Open Day at Zen Garden

Open Day at Zen Garden


Posted 2017-05-29 by Kitty Goodallfollow

Sun 18 Jun 2017

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.

"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."

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.

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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