It’s unofficially Springtime in San Diego, and what better way to celebrate than a trip to one of our Favorite Spaces – The Japanese Friendship Garden! Conveniently located next to all the major museums in Balboa Park, this meticulously maintained plot of land is easily one of our city’s greatest hidden treasures. Many tourists and locals alike often pass up the opportunity to visit the garden because of the ten-dollar entry fee. But anyone who has ever had the pleasure of walking its winding graded paths will tell you it’s well worth the price of admission. From the amazing array of Bonsai trees, to the ponds stirring with playful Koi fish, The Japanese Friendship Garden is a true wonderland of beauty!
At BDG, we are constantly inspired by the natural environment around us. There truly is no better designer than nature, and its all on display in this glorious urban oasis. The vibrant palette of flowers in bloom is simply stunning! And if you take the time to literally stop and smell the roses (or the Pink Magnolias) you might be amazed to find your own creative energy flowing like the babbling streams through the Mondo Grass. Subscribing to Conscious Design, we believe that individual elements should work together to create a beautiful and cohesive environment. This is another principle we’ve adopted from Mother Nature, and it’s beautifully illustrated in this space via a single Bee pollinating an endless supply of waiting flowers.
In keeping with traditional Japanese architecture, the Inamori Pavilion, located at the base of the Lower Garden, serenely spans out over a gorgeous pond full of hypnotically moving Koi. The hard lines formed by slatted wood ceilings are in delightful juxtaposition to the organic backdrop provided by the garden itself. This pavilion houses many different exhibits throughout the year and is often reserved for weddings. What a gorgeous space for such a special occasion!
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Japanese Friendship Garden yet, do yourself a favor and plan your trip now! The flowers are in bloom, and there’s an upcoming Cherry Blossom Tour slated for early March. San Diego residents can even tour the gardens for free on the third Tuesday of every month –So, what are you waiting for?