What better way to celebrate its end than to look at pictures of a Japanese garden in Georgia that felt seasonless to me when I visited it in December, a time that is considered "down time" in many gardens.
The 40-acre Japanese garden is one of 16 meticulously designed and tended spaces at Gibbs Gardens, set amid a natural wonderland of 300 acres in Ball Ground, Georgia, about an hour's drive from Atlanta.
|Ronni (left), Leslie|
During our walkabout, I made a few happy snaps, which offer a small sample of what we saw. No images, however, can show what such art can make you feel.
|Sculpted pine on shore of lake. Mesmerizing.|
|View from across the lake, including stones carefully chosen and placed.|
|Water-loving bald cypress, with knees aplenty – a natural wonder.|
|Lichen, moss on tree creates aged, timeless beauty.|
|Leaves on the ground, beautiful as copper coins, signal season's passing.|
I needed that during this winter. As spring begins, I still need it. The picture below, taken today in my front garden in Connecticut, shows why.