Tours are by reservation Monday-Thursday and Saturday. They also have "open strolling" times Monday through Thursday and Sundays, but please call ahead for detailed information.
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Garden brochures and website - http://www.thejapanesegarden.com
This 6.5-acre garden is a traditional-style stroll garden like those built in 18th and 19th century Japan for feudal lords. It also incorporates a dry garden (karesansui), a tea garden with 4.5-mat teahouse and a shoin-style building. Other features include a zigzag bridge and a naturalistic, three-stage waterfall. The garden is designed for four-season enjoyment and includes plantings of azaleas, cherry trees, magnolias, wisteria, iris and lotus.
The designer of this garden, the late Kawana Koichi, said the main theme of the garden is to show the public how reclaimed water can be used. Located directly adjacent to a $75 million wastewater treatment plant which generates 65 million gallons of reclaimed water each day, this garden certainly proves its point. The garden is available for a fee for weddings and other private gatherings.
Los Angeles City Engineer Donald C. Tillman was responsible for the original concept of a combination wastewater treatment facility and garden, and he continued to lobby for funds to build the garden when that part of the project was shelved after the treatment plant had been completed. The City of Los Angeles finally allocated $3 million for the project in 1979, and the garden was built from 1980 to 1983 and dedicated in 1984. Dr. Kawana passed away in 1990 and a pavilion honoring him is planned for the future.
De Wolfe, Evelyn. " Japanese Garden Uses Reclaimed Water." Los Angeles Times. May 16, 1993, p K-6.
Kawana K˘ichi.. The Japanese Garden At The Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. Undated pamphlet.
'How delightfully the fish are enjoying themselves in the water,' exclaimed Chaungtse.
'You are not a fish,' said his friend. 'How can you know they are enjoying themselves!'
'You are not me,' replied Chuangtse. 'How can you know that I do not know that the fish are enjoying themselves?'