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Asian Water Garden

The Asian Water Garden reveals itself to visitors like a hidden treasure. Beyond rock-backed berms lies a quiet, secluded space beneath shade trees. Bamboo, grasses, ground cover and dense evergreens create lush layers of green. It’s the perfect place for meditative relaxation and appreciation of beauty.

In this peaceful garden, gently flowing water, bamboo, Buddha statues, a teahouse and a waterfall create a tranquil space to observe nature. A cedar teahouse has a calming, woodsy aroma that circulates through its screened breezeway. Above the garden, a mosaic stone path created by Norma Schell and her children incorporates beautiful designs made with small colored rocks found along the Lake Michigan shoreline.  

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Eastern Spirituality

Figures of Buddha are an iconic addition to Asian gardens, serving both as art and symbols of eastern spirituality. Pagoda-shaped lighting is also a traditional design element. Antique Japanese chairs and other sculptures and décor add to the peacefully elegant ambiance.

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Shelter of Tranquility

The Tea House offers a secluded place of quiet respite. Said to calm nerves and stimulate circulation, the woodsy, warm aromatic scent of cedar permeates the air of the little house, which is appointed with antique Japanese furniture. On special occasions, massage and reflexology therapists have conducted sessions in the tranquil little house.

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From the Earth

In Buddhist symbolism, water and stone are Yin-Yang, two complementary opposites. Large stones are islands of tranquil seclusion. Smooth pebbles and stones form waterbeds and a base for artwork. Moss adheres to rocks and pebbles to add color and texture. Water provides a tranquil sound and mutes outside noise, and also provides habitat for koi and water lilies.

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