The Chinese garden, known as Dream Lake Garden, was very large and may be the largest Chinese garden of this type outside of China. The garden was built in 1990 and was constructed with authentic materials shipped from Shanghai and assembled by Chinese craftsmen.
|The Springtime Courtyard - Door|
|The Green Shade Pavilion|
|The Tower of Condensing Clouds|
|The Stone Boat|
|The Friendship Hall|
There is much more within this garden to see. I will need to revisit Montreal this summer to see what the garden looks like in full bloom. However, seeing the garden in winter also helped me to see the structure of the garden design and will, I think, enhance my experience with the garden next time I visit.
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The Japanese garden was built in 1988 and is also very large. There are sweeping vistas that are populated with many elements of a traditional Japanese garden - stone lanterns, bridges, a peace bell, and structures of various design and size intended to give visitors a restful place for contemplation. There is also a large pavilion which includes a tea room and several small gardens within - unfortunately, it was closed for the season.
I also liked the small pavilion that overlooked the main lake of the garden. The dimensions were very close to the dimensions of my gazebo in my own garden. I know that at some point I will want to replace my temporary gazebo with a more permanent structure, and this Japanes pavilion seemed to fit the style and size of what I would like to build.
Te view from within was also very nice, even with only a landscape of snow.
The moon window was also a very nice authentic touch.
The timber framing within the roof appeared to be very standard, except for the cross beam for support. I will leave the engineering of such a structure to whomever I hire to build a similar structure - I know my limits.
Again, there is much more to see within this garden. When I revisit Montreal this summer I will be sure to spend some quality time in this garden.
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