Japanese Gardens

The Japanese Gardens at Hatley Park
on the public grounds of Royal Roads University

  • designed and planted by a landscape architect and gardener from Japan by the name of Noda
  • twisting paths and humped bridge: evil spirits can only go in straight lines
  • Tortoise Island (Midshipman’s Island) – tortoises represent longevity – 10,000 years
  • cranes – represent 1000 years
  • other Japanese garden standard elements: well, water bowl, stone lanterns and stone groupings