On Amherst College campus is a Japanese garden. The Journal of Japanese Gardening has ranked Yūshien Garden one of the top Japanese gardens in the nation. Opened in 2001, Yūshien is a contemplative garden. The $250,000 garden was designed by Shinichiro Abe of Zen Associates, Inc., an international landscape design firm.
Prominent features of the garden include a water basin, a 500-year-old stone Japanese lantern, and rugged boulders.
Finding the garden proved quite challenging for me. Directions describe it between the Webster Hall and Kirby theater. The entrance is via an enclosed passage that links the two buildings together, but in order to get to that passageway, you must enter Webster Hall and navigate your way down via elevator to the passageway.
21 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst, Massachusetts.
Details attracted my attention. Here is an iris at the base of the lantern.
A gate into the garden.
The water basin.
A rock waterfall.
Overhead, the leaves give dappled shade.
The pines are a spectacular backdrop. A bunny hops by.
Every rock carefully selected and interesting.