Spring At The Japanese Tea Garden


 

 

It is positively warm in San Francisco today!

I mean seriously, throw open all the windows, walk a bit slower, jacket off warm.

Cherry blossoms are blooming, flowers are bursting and there is a real risk of construction workers taking their shirts off any minute.

Things are looking up!

It’s also the perfect time for me to  visit to the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, something I’ve been meaning to do for quite awhile.

I hadn’t been there in years and  wanted to see if the garden still held its magic.

It was also a good time to come up with some landscaping ideas for our garden, that I could share with Eric, my resident gardener.

One of the pagoda that was created in 1915 for the Pan-Pacific Exhibition.

This bronze Buddha was cast in Japan in 1790 and donated by the Gumps Company in 1949.

I would love to have this water feature in my garden surrounded by bamboo.

A visit to the Garden wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the tea house for some refreshments.  The traditional tea house overlooks the koi pond and is surrounded by Japanese azaleas and bonsai trees.

There is nothing better than a cup of jasmine tea for a pick me up in the afternoon.

The tea has to be followed by an assortment of sweet and cold mochi balls.  Did you know that this Japanese tea Garden has the distinction of being the first place to serve fortune cookies in the world?

Deja Vu?  Below is a photograph of me that appeared in the S.F. Sunday Examiner and Chronicle on April 5, 1981.  It must have been a slow news day because the photo and text took up 1/3 of the front page.  I was in San Francisco for a wedding and decided to join some friends in Golden Gate Park.  Little did I know that I would one day be living near the Park and enjoying another beautiful spring day at the Japanese Tea Garden.  Oh Happy Day!

Jennifer

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3 Comments

  • Connie
    March 30, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Loved following your adventure and seeing your throw back picture!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    March 31, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Thanks Connie. So happy you’re following along!

  • LA CONTESSA
    April 10, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I did not KNOW ALL THOSE FACTS about THE TEA GARDEN!
    FASCINATING!
    I have fond memories of visiting it as a child………
    YOU in 1981…………how FABULOUS IS THAT!!!!!
    I would have been 21 that summer .
    With all our SPRING rain I hope the blossoms STICK!!!!
    IT is MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR!
    XX

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