Located approximately 15 miles north of the California border on Interstate 5, Ashland is close to Crater Lake National Park, the headwaters of the Rogue River, and the southern Oregon coast. The garden is located in Lithia Park, a National Historic Site that boasts mineral water fountains, trails, playground, tennis courts and duck ponds in addition to the Japanese garden.
John McLaren, long time superintendent of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, helped design Lithia Park, but the designer of the Japanese garden is not known. The park is laid out in a natural canyon formed by Ashland Creek and planted with alders, oaks, madrones, conifers, as well as willows, maples and sycamores.
It has been said that there are landscapes one can walk trhough, landscapes one can walk throug, landscapes which can be gazed upon, landscapes in which one can dwell… Those fit for walking through or being gazed upon are not equal to those in which one may dwell or ramble. Kuo His painter, Northern Sung