Whimsical Wednesday’s presents Mayne Island part 2: The Japanese Gardens
October 5, 2011, 6:00 am
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Whimsical Wednesday’s presents Mayne Island Part 2: The Japanese Gardens

My Island has many unique features that set it apart, and make it the home I love. In 2002, the first year we went to the island with all four kids, this beautiful garden was added. It is a tribute to the sizeable Japanese community specializing in greenhouse cash crops that were a central part of Mayne’s identity until all were relocated to internment camps during the Second World War. It was created and is run by volunteers, with a do-it-yourself pride typical of the community.

It is a magical place with a Secret Garden type feel. No matter what the season, it is always more beautiful than I imagined. I walk in and the rest of the world fades away and every where I look is a new delight for my eyes. I really can not explain the mystery of this garden except that it is. Even the boys enjoy going to the Garden and consider it a ‘must’ for every trip.

I have been there in the Summer, the bright sunshine highlighting the flowers, brilliant in their blooms. I have been there in the quiet of winter where most of the growth is dormant but the white lights decorate it into a fairy garden paradise. In the Fall, when the colors change and the crunching leaves are the symphony of the garden. Yet, the Spring with the multitude of flowers, tiny frogs, and blooming trees is my favorite.

It is not the biggest garden, it is not the most beautiful. It is the most treasured, unique, and in my humble opinion, the most unexpected part of this special island.


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