New viewing platform in the Japanese Garden--where the tree once was
When I used to visit the Botanic Gardens I would always spend time in the Japanese garden sitting under the huge shade tree near the teahouse. During my first art classes I took my sketch book and drew from my shaded-tree viewpoint. Two years ago the old tree died. I never bothered to learn what type of tree it was but I loved that tree. On one visit after a few months absence I went to my favorite spot and the tree was gone. For two years, that part of the garden has been under construction. The crews drained the pond, moved the koi, rearranged rocks and paths and built a viewing platform with benches for seating. It re-opened this summer and is truly spectacular, with a great view for sketching or photographing. But, I still miss my tree!