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Canandaigua in Ontario County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Japanese Garden

 
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 22, 2019
1. Japanese Garden Marker
Inscription.  This hill and water style garden was created in 1906. Within a period of just six months, landscape designer K. Wadamori and seven workmen from Japan transformed a hillside into a traditional Japanese landscape, using ponds, streams, hills, stones, bridges, and pathways. The team dug into the hillside to create the pools and formed rocky outcrops and ledges with glacial boulders and quarried stone. Over and through these features, they channeled brooks into cascading waterfalls. Though every aspect of the garden was man-made, it was designed to appear natural. In 1915, John Handrahan, Mary Clark Thompsonís landscape architect, more than doubled the size of the garden by adding a new pond and plantings to emphasize new vistas.

The gardenís centerpiece was the traditional Sukiya-style tea house with an Irimoya-style roof. K. Wadamori oversaw the building of the tea house, which was completed in 1908.

K. Wadamori used sculpture to create focal points, mark significant pathways, and provide visual interest. There are a variety of figures made of terra cotta, cast stone, and bronze, including: a Buddha, a five-tiered pagoda, and three
Japanese Garden Marker & an Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 22, 2019
2. Japanese Garden Marker & an Entrance
Marker is in the garden.
pair of Komainu (lion-like guardians).

Key features of the tea house are traditional sliding screens and partitions. Bamboo furniture decorated the interior.

The Japanese Garden has four entrances. The main entrance is marked by a traditional Torii Gate, a gate found at the entrance to Shinto shrines to divide the human from the spiritual worlds. The gardenís three other entrances are smaller and are marked by bamboo or wood-shingled roofed structures.
 
Location. 42° 53.94′ N, 77° 16.397′ W. Marker is in Canandaigua, New York, in Ontario County. Marker can be reached from Charlotte Street near Howell Street. Marker is on the grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua NY 14424, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blue & White Garden (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pansey Garden (about 500 feet away); Moonlight Garden (about 600 feet away); Old-Fashioned Garden (about 700 feet away); The Peacock House/Aviary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Japanese Garden & Tea House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rock Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Granger Homestead (approx. ĺ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canandaigua.
 
Also see . . .  Sonnenberg.org.
Japanese Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 22, 2019
3. Japanese Garden Marker
Tea House in background.
A non-profit organization, Sonnenberg operates in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and relies solely on visitor admissions, memberships, donations, wine and gift center sales, and special events to preserve public access to the site. – Quoted from a printed self-guided tour provided upon admission. (Submitted on June 23, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
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Two Bridges to the Tea House image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 22, 2019
4. Two Bridges to the Tea House
Japanese Garden Buddha image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 22, 2019
5. Japanese Garden Buddha
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 88 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 23, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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