Governor Gardens

The centerpiece of the governor’s estate, the gardens occupy more acreage than any other part of the estate. Bamboo, cherry and maple trees, ferns, and mosses dominate the garden’s foliage. Chrysanthemums provide splashes of color throughout.

A pond, about an acre in size, holds prized carp and a small flock of cranes. The island in the middle, connected to the shore on opposite sides by two wooden bridges, holds the estate’s tea house and shrine.

Walking paths, benches, and stone lanterns provide means to explore and enjoy the garden day or night.

A rock and sand garden provides a place for quiet meditation.

Parts of the gardens are visible from the administration building, the governor’s home, and the six guest houses, but much of it is screened by terrain and creative landscaping to afford pockets of privacy throughout.

Governor Gardens

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