Sunday, July 22, 2018

Enlightenment: Japanese Stone Lanterns

A water garden scene at Gibbs Gardens.

No Japanese garden would be complete without a stone lantern or two. Meant to light the way as one wanders the garden in meditation, each style is unique and bears its own name. Below are some of the wonderful lanterns found at Gibbs Gardens in Ballground, Georgia, all of them hand-carved from solid granite.
"Rankei" - arched, elegant.

A simple post lantern, found outside homes and gardens throughout Japan.

"Tachigata" - soft, round, charming

"Oki Doro" - a Zen garden classic snow lantern.
"Go-juno" - the tallest, most elegant of garden lanterns. This one at Gibbs stands over 9 feet.

"Sangatsu Do" - elegant with strong vertical lines.


If you have not yet visited these unique series of Japanese gardens, set within cultivated gardens on over 200 acres of mountainside, you've been missing something wonderful. Arrange a morning with friends and enjoy nature at its best.

Note: Click on pictures to enlarge. 


Anonymous said...

Great post. I've been to Gibbs many times, but had no idea about the stone latterns. It would be interesting if Gibbs posted some info near the latterns, but would take away from the tranquility of the Japanese Gardens. I love Gibbs!

April said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the post, Anon. Being a writer, I'm always curious about the background of objects and thought others would be, too.


Ruthann Hurwitz said...

How beautiful! I must visit there soon!

April said...

The Japanese gardens are extraordinary and comparable to any in the United States. Wish more people knew about them. They're a hidden gem deep in the Georgia mountains. Spread the word, Ruthann!

Thanks for posting a comment.


Y A Pierberg said...

I’ve never been to Gibbs. I’ll have to add it to my bucket list.

April said...

It's a place definitely worth visiting. If you're fond of Japanese maples, Fall is the best time to view them in all their colorful splendor.


Anonymous said...

Great information about Gibbs - thanks for posting. The gardens look so beautiful and peaceful. I can't wait to see them in the fall!