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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Elandan Gardens: Dan Robinson's Garden at the NWFGS and Beyond

This was the first display garden that I saw at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. 
Without even looking at the sign, I knew whose garden it was.
Quiet Beauty - The Japanese Garden Aesthetic: Celebrating Traditions, Transforming Visions.
Designed by Dan and Will Robinson

 Description of the garden from the official publication of the NWFGS: 
The tradition of the Japanese garden is spotlighted - with elements of man and nature providing the standarts of a spectacular living art form. 
This garden is inspired by Japan's most famous Zen rock garden. Ample use of stone, a peaceful pond and highly stylized Japanese black pines pruned in the bonsai tradition create a memorable setting.
 Several of the black pines are from seeds that garden creator Dan Robinson collected while serving in Korea more than 50 years ago. 
(Inspiration to take home: Integration of simple elements).

Dan Robinson working with one of his trees at the NWFGS, February 7th, 2014.

 If you visit Elandan Gardens once, you won't ever forget it. 
Six acres of beauty, wonder and amazement - this is how I view this place.
World-famous bonsai collection, landscapes created on an abandoned landfill, views of Puget Sound - you won't even know that all of this lies behind the entrance sign along Highway 16 in Bremerton.
 I always feel excitement and a great appreciation while visiting this unique place.
These are some pictures taken in August 2013.

The tranquility, serenity and peacefulness of this place don't put me into a sleeping mode, but awake the feeling of excitement and gratitude for nature and the man behind all of this beauty.

This grapevine is one of my favorites (next 6 pictures):

If you ever find yourself on the Kitsap Peninsula, I highly recommend you pay a visit to Elandan Gardens.
It's an easy ferry ride from Seattle to Bremerton.

***Copyright 2014 TatyanaS


  1. Gorgeous! I love the Waterlily scene ... and all the bonsais and Mosses. It all looks so calming.

  2. I know this place. Love it! Great pictures Tatyana!

  3. i understand why you like that grape vine. i like it too.

  4. So beautiful, this wonderful Japanese Elanden Gardens and so many beautiful pictures!

  5. It's on my list

  6. It was one of my favorites this year. Never been to Elandan, thank you for the link. Cathy

  7. What a welcome and serene respite from the jangle of elements in so many displays yelling look at me! look at me!
    And Elandan looks like a fabulous place to visit. It's going into my wish book.

  8. Thank you everyone for your comments!

  9. I love Japanese Gardens! His bonsais are amazing, but what really caught my eye was the mossy stone in several of the earlier photos. The overall effect of a garden like this is what I enjoy--it's as if the moment you step in, all your worries and problems just drift away, leaving you peaceful and calm. If I ever get to Seattle, this will definitely be on my "to-see" list!

    P.S. What a great use of an old landfill!


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