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.
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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!