There was an interesting article about Japanese gardens today in the San
Francisco chronicle. Osmosis, a Japanese Spa retreat in Sonoma County has
some beautiful Japanese gardens created by Osmosis founder Michael Stusser after
a garden apprenticeship spent in Kyoto.
For good local examples of Japanese gardens this may be a good place to
visit. The garden is only open to spa guests, except when they have special
events, such as concerts- check the Chronicle Article for more details.
Making an authentic looking Japanese garden is not an easy task. I took a
trip to Kyoto in 2001 and after seeing the real thing it is easy to spot
imitators. You can view two of the better examples of Japanese Gardens in our
Great Gardens portfolios for the Portland Japanese Gardens, and the San
Francisco Japanese Tea House in Golden Gate Park.