Botanical (Azalea) Garden
The azalea garden and walking trail is the most beautiful and spectacular of the two estate gardens. Initial construction of the 7-acre botanical garden, which parallels the large, complex gulley system that brings rainwater into Emerald Lake, also began in 2002. It wasn’t until 2010 that the intricate construction of 15 wooden bridges, stone steps, waterfalls and gazebo area were finally completed.
Again, under the watchful eye of Mr. Keiji Asakura, over 5,000 red, purple and pink azaleas are planted along the trail. But, it’s the diversity of plant material and placement of other varieties that make this a truly amazing garden showcase.
The varieties of plants are too numerous to mention, but a subset would include Chinese fringe trees, Japanese red and green maples, timber bamboo, pygmy bamboo, junipers, sweet viburnum, multi-trunked redbuds, red cedar, red and white camellias, wood ferns, autumn ferns, bridal wreath, Japanese black pine, false chestnut oak, spike grass, yellow and purple Louisiana iris and many, many more.