Takata Japanese and Zen Garden

Named for the Takata family who owned and operated a Japanese garden in Esquimalt from 1907-1942.

When they were forced to leave Victoria they gave many plants to their Gorge neighbours including two Japanese maples now over 100 years old that were transplanted here in 2008 as a gift from one of those neighbours on the Gorge.

This garden was designed to recreate the unique components of traditional Japanese “stroll gardens” with the focus on understatement and simplicity. The various elements of nature-water, earth, stone, light and plants are all present to offer a place of respite and rejuvenation. The winding pathways, various bridges, benches, the strategic placement of stone ornaments and the restful sound of running water all serve to create the serenity that is prevalent in a Japanese garden.