Fall seems to have arrived over the Labor Day weekend. It's cool and beautiful in the Japan House gardens today. Time in the gardens always provides a respite, whether you are taking a break from a busy school schedule or merely enjoying the fall weather.
The cherry trees, donated just a few years ago by Dr. Sen of the Urasenke Tea School in Japan, are thriving. They create a canopy of dark green over the walkway to Japan House. It makes for a wonderful walk, as the sun pierces through here and there. It is gorgeous right now, will be beautiful as the leaves begin to change....and should be extraordinary next spring!
When you next come to the gardens you will also see some welcome improvements in the area. Japan House is nestled within the University of Illinois Arboretum. The Arboretum recently received an estate gift that has allowed them to complete a network of sidewalks around the ponds. They are just finishing up the work and it will allow for walks all the way around the ponds. Come out and enjoy the new vantage points!