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  Welcome to the Garden of Water & Fragrance

The balance of positive and negative forces, Yin & Yang, are ever present here. Obvious in the skillful blending of traditional Japanese landscaping with modern Occidental architecture, less so in the way the Japanese concept of "WA" or harmony is used to unite the desires of the human spirit with our more mundane requirements—the exquisite beauty of a Japanese garden with the need for an abundant supply of fresh water.

We invite you to walk, to sit, to contemplate your surroundings in our garden. To do so is to experience absolute tranquility, it is to enrich one's spirit, to achieve a state of grace so elusive in our busy modern world. It is to emulate Lord Buddha who, three thousand years ago, seated in the shade of a tree in silent contemplation of the human condition, achieved spiritual enlightenment.

On behalf of myself, my staff, the Mayor's Advisory committee, and our docents, I invite you to visit and experience the beauty of Suiho En - the garden of water and fragrance.

- Gene Greene
(Garden Director)
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Regular Hours and Admission Fees:

We offer docent-led walking tours, by advance reservation only, on Monday through Thursday mornings. Each tour lasts approximately 1-¼ hours and includes an overview of the water reclamation process. (Evening tours are offered during the Summer.)

The Garden is also available for self-guided tours Monday through Thursday from 11:00AM until 4:00PM, and Sunday from 10:00AM until 4:00PM (the last gate entry each day is at 3:15PM). Informal tourist photography only during these times. The Garden is closed to the public on Friday and Saturday. Closed to the public if it rains within 24 hours of opening time and during open hours. Please call on the day you wish to visit to make sure the Garden is open. Groups of 15 or more: Please call as soon as possible to give us advance notice of the date of your planned visit so that we can staff accordingly; exact change is also appreciated.


Admission to the Garden for docent-led or self-guided tours is $5.00 per person, $3.00 for Seniors 62+ and Children under 12. (Special Event admission fees are generally higher.)

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