Ju Raku En Japanese Gar­den, Toowoomba, Qld

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This gar­den, for me, is like a work of art. Aptly named (Ju Raku En roughly means

‘to en­joy peace and tran­quil­lity in a pub­lic place’), the gar­den is sit­u­ated in the grounds of the Univer­sity of South­ern Queens­land. It’s so tran­quil and peace­ful. De­signed by Pro­fes­sor Kin­saku Nakane, of Ky­oto, it fea­tures many el­e­ments such as care­fully placed rocks, a dry gar­den of raked gravel and clipped plants. The de­signer’s sage ad­vice, to view a Japanese gar­den “with a de­tached gaze, with­out pre­con­cep­tions and in a state of to­tal re­cep­tiv­ity” is also very ap­peal­ing. For me, this is the essence of what vis­it­ing gar­dens is all about. usq.edu.au/about-usq/lo­ca­tions/ Toowoomba, (07) 4631 2627

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