beauty of the "garden of water
and fragrance" (Suiho En) creates
for the visitor a world of meditative
calm where it is possible to focus
on the simple and beautiful things
in nature, and our lives.
The Japanese Garden
Suiho En the garden of water and fragrance
is a 6½ acre authentic Japanese
garden fashioned after “stroll
gardens” constructed during
the 18th and 19th centuries for Japanese
Feudal lords. Our facility is unique
in that it incorporates three classical
designs: a dry karensansui, a wet
garden with promenade chisen, and
an authentic tea ceremony garden incorporating
a 4.5 tatami mat tea room.
a review of our garden by the
Journal of Japanese Gardening...
DOCTOR KOICHI KAWANA -The Garden Creator
Dr. Kawana designed more than one
dozen major Japanese gardens in the
United States, including botanical
gardens at the Los Angeles County
Museum of Art, San Diego's Balboa
Park and gardens in Denver, Chicago,
Memphis, Minneapolis, and the largest
Japanese garden in the United States
- the 14 acre garden in St. Louis.
He pioneered the design of traditional
Japanese gardens which utilized plants
native to the area of the garden.
A native of Hokkaido, Japan, Dr. Kawana
was listed in Who's Who in America,
the Dictionary of International Biography,
and Who's Who in Art, among others.
Awards include Progressive Architecture's
Design Award for design of this garden;
the Victor M. Carter Diamond Award,
the highest honor of the Japan America
Society of Southern California; the
Companionate of Merit in Order of
St. Lazarus of Jerusalem in Edinburgh;
and the Gold Medal from Academia Italia
della Arti de del Lavoro. National
Geographic Magazine featured Dr. Kawana's
St. Louis garden in its August, 1990,
Dr. Kawana died in September, 1990,
at age 60. Professional associates
recall him as a "renaissance
man," a garden designer, architect
and artist whose paintings are now
collectors' items - writer, poet,
collector of fine art and teacher.
He taught ikebana informally—Japanese
architecture and landscape design
at UCLA, formally. One associate wrote,
"He taught me about the art of
gardening and human grace."
Take a Tour of the Japanese Garden...
The Japanese Garden shares the address
of the Tillman Reclamation plant with
an entrance on the east side of Woodley
Avenue in Van Nuys. Access to both
the San Diego (405) and Ventura (101)
freeways is close by and convenient
and ample free parking adjacent to
the entrance of the garden is provided