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HOLLAND: Japanese Garden Clingendael - The Hague [HD]

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Published on May 30, 2010

This Japanese Garden has been created early 20th century by the owner of the estate Clingendael, baroness Marguerite van Brienen (1871-1939), known as Lady Daisy.

During her travels in Japan she has tried to grasp the unrivalled character and the aesthetic beauty of the gardens she visited.

Back in the Netherlands she created her own interpretation of a Japanese style garden. The character of the garden is very unique, augmented by the layers of moss.

It is the only Japanese Garden from around 1910 in the Netherlands and it is considered to be of great historical importance.

The Japanese Garden is located at Clingendael park, between The Hague and Wassenaar.

It is the largest Japanese garden in the Netherlands with an area of 6800 m2.

The Japanese Garden is only open to the public for several weeks each year because of the fragile state of the plants and mosses (April 30th to mid-June).

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Typical features of Japanese gardens, in addition to residential architecture, are:
- water, real or symbolic
- rocks or stone arrangements (or settings)
- a lantern, typically of stone
- a teahouse or pavilion
- an enclosure device such as a hedge, fence, or wall of traditional character
- a bridge to the island, or stepping stones

Green plants are another element of Japanese gardens. Japanese traditions prefer subtle green tones, but flowering trees and shrubs are also used. Many plants in imitated Japanese gardens of the West are indigenous to Japan, though some sacrifices must be made to account for the differentiating climates.

Stones are used to construct the garden's paths, bridges, and walkways. A water source in a Japanese garden should appear to be part of the natural surroundings. Man-made streams are built with curves and irregularities to create a serene and natural appearance. Lanterns are often placed beside some of the most prominent water basins (either a pond or a stream).

Though often thought of as tranquil sanctuaries that allow individuals to escape from the stresses of daily life, Japanese gardens are designed for a variety of purposes. Some gardens invite quiet contemplation, but may have also been intended for recreation, the display of rare plant specimens, or the exhibition of unusual rocks.

May 14, 2010

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