This Skakkei garden (meaning borrowed scenery) is the result of detailed and careful planning following a visit to the very beautiful gardens of Kyoto in Japan. While in Japan, different forms of gardens were studied and plans of one garden were obtained.
The original garden owners also visited the Kyoto botanical gardens and made friends with one of the English speaking gardeners who, after hearing they were going home to build a Japanese garden, offered seeds of the plants.
Every year, a list of seeds available is sent through from Japan and as a result, nearly all the plants in the garden are from seed obtained this way- keeping the garden truly authentic.
The Japanese summer house was built based on a 17th century design. The location is placed so you can take in the wonderful view of the Capability Brown inspired lake and parkland.