|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.