Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Shiojiri Garden in Spring

Monday, May 2, 2016

Shiojiri Garden in Spring

I love how spring makes everything seem to come to life. I wish the gorgeous trees that flower each spring would stay that way year round. Right now, streets are lined with such lovely hues of white, pink, and purple, I can't help but find any opportunity I can to be outdoors. We are pretty lucky to have some amazing parks and gardens in my town, but one I find myself gravitating to this time of year is Shiojiri Garden, located in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Shiojiri Garden

This Japanese strolling garden is a tranquil place to explore the beauty of nature. Brides flock here in the summer because it offers the perfect backdrop for beautiful wedding photos, but I prefer its beauty in the spring when the trees are in bloom. Regular readers have probably snatched glimpses of some of the garden here since I frequently use it myself for photos on the blog.

Shiojiri Garden

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Shiojiri Garden

 Relax under trees on natural wooden seating...

Shiojiri Garden


Shiojiri Garden

Or take a stroll over one of several bridges...


Explore the various rock gardens and statues located throughout the garden...

Shiojiri Garden

Shiojiri Garden
 
Have a seat in the pavilion, where you can take in the beauty of the gardens while resting comfortably out of the sun.


Shiojiri Garden isn't very big. You can circle the entire garden in about 10 minutes if you are looking to zip in and zip back out. But for nature lovers, it's the perfect place to kick off your shoes and enjoy a little peace and tranquility. 


Do you have a community garden that you like to visit in your town?


30 comments:

  1. How wonderfully strange that you have an Asian garden in the middle of Hosier Empire :) That last photo is gorgeous!
    Our local ZOO is at the same time a botanical garden, so the animals live in such lavish surroundings like the ones above, it is really pretty.

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    1. The garden symbolizes a Sister-City relationship with Shiojiri City, Japan. That's why we were lucky enough for the garden to be built in good old Hoosier Empire :) I did notice a little big of destruction when I was there last time, which made me a bit sad. I am not sure if it's from harsh winter conditions or vandals, but I hope whoever keeps up with the grooming of the garden fixes the run down areas this year.

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  2. Nothing like that here, maybe in the city. But I rarely stroll through gardens it seems.

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  3. Your pictures are gorgeous! I wish we had a place like that around here.

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  4. Oh wow what an absolutely beautiful place, the blossoms are absolutely stunning I would love to wander around myself. x

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  5. How beautiful! I would love to be able to see those gardens in person one day. They look magical.

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  6. The Shiojiri Garden is indeed a gorgeous place. I have not heard of this place before but would love to visit there not only for the photos but for the feeling of serenity it gives to those that visit the garden. Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful garden and photos.

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  7. Such pretty photos. The Shiorjiri garden looks so lovely, and looks like a lovely place to sit and just enjoy Spring! - Jeanine

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  8. Oh wow. the images are amazing. I love nature in the spring time.

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  9. Wow! What a beautiful park. I wish we had something like this close by. I can see why you visit often.

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  10. So pretty! I love Magnolia flowers on trees the most. They were so big in Savannah, Georgia when I lived there. In Nebraska they only have the dwarf kinds. We have a pretty garden area here called Lauritzen Gardens. I haven't been their for a year. It's nice to go though.

    You got some great pictures!

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  11. How beautiful! I just love nature! Those trees aren't something we here don't see too often in the Midwest.

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  12. That looks like it would be a peaceful place to spend some time. We don't have anything super close by, the nearest one I really like is a good 30 minutes or so away.

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  13. What a beautiful garden. My dad would have loved it. I am super excited for spring and all my gardening.

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  14. I've never really looked for a community garden but I love this one. Its truly beautiful and those flowers, just wow!

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  15. I am with you - Spring flowers should be around much longer. That looks like such a beautiful place to go relax. Even if small - bring a good book and blanket and lay under a tree for a while!

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  16. This looks absolutely beautiful! I just went and bought some flowers last week, just because, and it truly does improve your mood. Flowers are magical!

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  17. WE do not have one near us, but I wish we did. Those trees are beautiful!

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  18. Such a beautiful garden. I love the Japanese creativity! Happy Spring, Theresa!

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  19. This looks like an amazing garden. I would love to be close by so i can walk through everyday.

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  20. Omg how beautiful is this garden?!?! Wish we had fabulous places like this near me!!!

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  21. I love that you were there when all was in bloom. It was still beautiful when I was there, but not full of blossoms.

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  22. This is such a beautiful and serene place. I would love to spend some time there meditating and reflecting.

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  23. Those are some gorgeous nature views. I did have a garden I loved to visit in Michigan. I need to find one here. :)

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  24. The Shiojiri garden reminds me of the Jardin Botanique here in Montreal! So beautiful!

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  25. Oh my this is amazing and it does really remind me of Japan! The landscapers did a wonderful job.

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  26. Such a lively place to visit indeed, Theresa. Just like in Japan! We have a few here in NYC as well and I can't wait to see them

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  27. It makes me think of spring.... but where the heck is spring. So cold here. I put some plants out but they will probably freeze on me.

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  28. Oh wow, that floral and nature scenery is very pretty.

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