A Japanese Meditation Garden
Tour a Japanese garden
Illinois gardener Diane Hunter's travels to Japan inspired her landscape. If you'd like to travel through the Heartland for inspiration, the Midwest offers plenty of public gardens with Japanese influence.
Illinois: Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford; Chicago Botanic Garden Sansho-En (Garden of Three Islands) in Glencoe.
Indiana: Shiojiri Niwa in Mishawaka.
Iowa: Dubuque Arboretum Japanese garden in Dubuque.
Michigan: The Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House in Saginaw.
Minnesota: Carleton College Garden of Quiet Listening in Northwood; The Japanese Garden in Bloomington; Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Seisui Tei (Garden of Pure Water) in Chanhassen.
Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden Seiwa-En in St. Louis.
Ohio:Cleveland Botanical Garden Gan Ryuu Tei in Cleveland; Dawes Arboretum Japanese garden in Newark.
(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® May/June 2008.)