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Take the entrance to the garden from Saratoga Avenue and go up the hill to the large parking lot.
Saratoga ave entrance Entrance to garden
This is an historical site and garden that is located on a hill so it has some flat and some hilly paved walking paths as well as stone steps. There are handrails in some areas of the garden.
Stone step path
As soon as you enter the garden, you will see a sign for the picnic area. The next place you encounter is the Zen Garden.
Picnic area Zen garden
Zen garden flowers
There are many flowers and plants throughout the gardens such as azaleas, wild roses, Japanese maple, hinoki cypress, black pine, oaks, madrone, California laurel, California holly, California lilac, buckeye, elderberry, camellias and wisteria. There are more than seven lanterns (Kasuga, Shrine, Momoyama, Farm House, Snow Viewing, Kanju-ji, Misaki) and carved stone images (Jizo Bodhisattva and Fudo the Fire God).
Next, you encounter the Tea Waiting Pavilion which is a shady area where you can sit. The picture below shows a view of the steps leading up to the Upper Pavilion. This is another shady area that leads through the Wisteria Arbor.
Tea waiting pavilion Wisteria arbor
On the way back down to the Koi pond, you can get a view of the pond from the Moonviewing House and the steps leading down to the pond.
View of Koi pond View from the path
There are waterfalls on the way down as well as a tea plantation.
Waterfalls Tea plantation
Arrive at the Koi pond surrounded by a diversity of plants and turtles that are enjoying sunning themselves on the rocks. Lastly visit the Bamboo garden.
Koi pond Turtles
The Garden hosts a number of classes including Tai Chi, Qigong, yoga and meditation. They also have Japanese tea ceremonies.