Garden and pond in Japanese style garden

I was born and raised in up until by high school years in Rochester New York, but I still consider it “home”.  I love the history this city has to offer; Susan B. Anthony, Fredrick Douglas, The Erie Canal, George Eastman, Kodak (read more).  Rochester and the near by area has so much to offer nature wise too; Lake Ontario, the best apple season, beautiful parks and gardens.   However, it is one of the last places I expected to find a Japanese style garden.   But believe me it’s here and it happens to be my cousin Tracy’s husband Brett’s own garden.  Brett purchased a beautiful piece of land about 8 years ago and went to work. I was told by relatives to go visit and see it with my own eyes.  This trip I was finally able to, not really knowing what to expect.

Green and Flowers Everywhere in Rochester

One thing for sure about the wonderful people in Rochester, my hometown growing up, is that they really appreciate the summertime and make the most of everyday.  Driving through the streets you will see almost every home with flowers blooming everywhere.  Whether it be in pots on their porches, small areas near their driveways or full blown gardens that will make you want to just sit on a bench all day and just take it all in. And now they have a little Japan garden in Rochester too.

Japanese garden in rochester
Beautiful Japanese garden in New York

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Rochester private Japanese garden
View of Japanese garden in Rochester

Hard Work Pays Off on Garden

A short drive and we pull up to a secluded driveway.  Okay relatives, you never let me know it looked like this!!!   I was not only amazed that the garden was here, but the work and love that obviously went in to making this little peace of meditation heaven. There is no home, however there is a small shed-like building to house his equipment.  Just a quite place of solitude to visit.  He makes sure I know that it’s not a “perfect Japanese style garden”, but I wouldn’t know and would not care because of the splendor of this garden. I hope you enjoy the photographs of Brett’s work and passion.  I will try to add more photo’s this fall with the change of leaves.  Maybe I can talk Brett into coming to Florida to make my yard look like this or even better yet convince him to plant a couple of apple trees for apple season!

Garden in Rochester
Private Japanese garden in Rochester
Private Japanese garden in Rochester
Private Japanese garden in Rochester

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Sherrie has been traveling for sometime now. Her husband Kevin and herself love to explore different destinations and adventures. She has always wanted to write, so writing about traveling just became the obvious combination. "I love, love, love to travel! Everything about it- views, sights, experiences, exploration, food, wine and of course meeting people!" Sherrie Fabrizi Allbritten


  • Shirley Fabrizi

    August 31, 2017

    This truly is a very special place, lots of hard work for Brett!

  • September 2, 2017

    This is a nice Japanese feel to this garden and gives Rochester a more of a pleasant feel. I remember passing through Rochester many years ago but never saw this. Do you know if this is a new addition to the town?

  • September 2, 2017

    I do love Japanese gardens. They’re so beautiful and a much-needed respite from the busy cities. I had no idea that there was one in Rochester! The only I’ve visited (numerous times) is the Japanese Tea Gardens in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Everything is so lush and green! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures!

  • September 3, 2017

    I really like Japanese gardens and they are normally very well taken care of. Its a great spot to catch the breath and slow down your everyday stress. We never went to the Rochester one but it is adding up on our list.
    Thank you and greetings

  • September 6, 2017

    The one thought that stayed with me after going through this post was: ‘its so green’! The vibrance is so evident from the pictures, i can only imagine how refreshing it would be to stand there in person.

  • September 8, 2017

    So green! Looks like a cool place to relax after a long day.

  • September 14, 2017

    wooow! i love japan and one day i would like to visit it, but i’d like to visit also new york… this could be the best compromise?

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