NGS Garden Open
3.4 & 17. 18 June 2017, London
On each day the garden will be open to visitors from 2:00 to 5:30 pm. Prof. John White, the designer of the garden, gives talks on the making and design of the Zen garden. Also visitors are served Japanese green Macha tea and sweets by tea masters (£3 extra for tasting) in Kimono garments, followed by tea ceremonies held at regular intervals during the event.
Description:Pure Japanese Zen garden (so no flowers) with 12 large and small rocks of various colours and textures set in islands of moss and surrounded by a sea of grey granite gravel raked in a stylised wave pattern. Garden surrounded by trees and bushes outside a cob wall. Oak-framed wattle and daub shelter with Norfolk reed thatched roof Japanese tea ceremony demonstration and talks by designer/creator of the garden. Buddha Room open to visitors.
Further details:The garden at Three Wheels does not have flowers since it is a pure Japanese Zen Garden. It is surrounded by trees and bushes outside a cob wall set on a Welsh granite base and capped with Cumbrian slate. It is viewed from an oak-framed wattle and daub shelter with a Norfolk reed thatched roof. The garden itself consists of twelve large and small rocks of various colours and textures, from Cumbria, Scotland and Ireland, set in islands of moss and surrounded by a sea of grey granite gravel raked in a stylised wave pattern. A visit to the garden of The Three Wheels Buddhist Centre provides a complete Japanese experience of a kind not to be found elsewhere in Britain. Designed to encourage quiet meditation, it reflects, but is not copied from, such Zen gardens as that of the Temple of Ryoanji in Kyoto. Visitors will be told about the principles and symbolism underlying its construction and there will also be the opportunity to take part in a Japanese tea ceremony for those who wish to do so. Those who might wish to return are welcome to do so by appointment.
Admission: £3, plus additional £3 for tasting tea after a ceremony