Monday, August 19, 2013

Tenshin'en (Garden of the Heart of Heaven)

I visited Boston over the weekend and had a chance to go to the Museum of Fine Arts where there is a Japanese garden along the northern edge of the MFA's West Wing. I had visited this garden back in the early 1990s shortly after it was built, so it was a chance to revisit and compare change over time. It consists of a dry element garden, but also contains over 1,000 shrubs, half of which are azaleas.

The garden was built between 1987-1988 and is now showing its age. Honestly, I was surprised at the state of disrepair of the garden. The wooden gate showed serious signs of rotting and the plantings looked as if they had not been maintained.

A garden of this size and quality needs constant attention, none of which was evident. Nevertheless, the major design elements were a nice site to behold. I was interested in several elements as potential additions to my own garden:

stone walkway

viewing platform
gate doors
side gate
wooden sign
stone sign

Hopefully an institution as well known as Boston's MFA will take the necessary steps to tend to their garden. Doing so will ensure that future visitors will have the opportunity to see the garden as originally intended.

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