The Japanese Garden & The Cascades

Krissy St. Germain


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.


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


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.


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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