Remember when I posted about this garden center I visited while it was still winter in here Finland? Back then I was blown away but also a bit disappointed because I was told that there was a Japanese garden also but it was closed during the winter months.
So when my siblings texted me few weeks ago insisting that we have to go to that garden center again, of course I said YES! And so we went to Viherpaja again and I was so excited to see this Japanese garden there, hidden inside a greenhouse.
It blew me away completely! I was expecting a few bonsai trees, lanterns, some plants that are typically Japanese like different maples (Acer sp.), something very simple and not that Japanese.
But when I entered through this humble looking greenhouse door, it was magical! Just like entering another world, a leap to Japan. There was a pond, a stream, big maples and evergreens, a teahouse, lanterns, bonsai, everything that you would see in a typical Japanese garden if you enter a backyard in Kyoto. It was like a peaceful, hidden temple.
Again my huge dream of having my own garden – where I could make a Japanese corner of my own – was inspired hugely here. Tending Taxus, Acer and Prunus with precise cuts and having a place that calms you down.