Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Gude Garden (dedicated by Congressman Gilbert Gude to his father and nurseryman, Adolph Gude) has a calming, Asian feel to it -- though it was not designed to be a Japanese garden in the strict sense. Its emphasis on forms (land, water, and specimen trees) and how they relate to one another is unlike other parts of the Gardens.
Hans Hanses, the M-NCPPC landscape architect who designed all of the original garden areas of Brookside Gardens, tells this story about the Gude Gardens' design, "I got a letter from a Japanese professor and researched the garden to determine what period in Japanese history the design came from. And there was no such thing. I had just looked through some Japanese garden books, and I saw certain elements. What we did, the carpenter and I, was to get some kind of Oriental flair. I had to disappoint the poor guy. It was not from any authentic Japanese period. The professor thought it was fantastic. It shows proper balance. It shows simplicity. It shows harmony."
Erected by Montgomery Parks.
Location. 39° 3.431′ N, 77° 2.215′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Glenallan Avenue. Touch for map. On the grounds
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. During the Summer and Fall in 2002... (a few steps from this marker); Monarch Waystation (within shouting distance of this marker); Garden Lunch/Recess Lessons (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fragrance Garden (about 300 feet away); Suggestions for Walking the Labyrinth (about 600 feet away); The Bridge to Understanding (about 700 feet away); Efficient Irrigation System (about 700 feet away); Composting (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.