The Japanese Garden & The Cascades

Krissy St. Germain

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So its the start of the work week which means the start of this week’s adventures. Today my main focus was The Japanese Garden in Encino, CA. On the way home, I decided to stop at The Cascades in Sylmar to check one more California Historical monument off my list but more on that later.

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From the front, the place is pretty unassuming. You would never expect what I found behind those gates.

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I was taken aback upon my first steps in. The garden sits on 6 acres in between walls between Woodley Park and the DWP water reclamation plant.

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You may be wondering about all of this greenery in California while we are going through a significant drought but here’s the back story of the garden.

Suiho-en “Garden of Water and Fragrance” (the garden’s Japanese name), was designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana. Dr. Kawana who is from Hokkaido has designed dozens…

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