- 14 Mar 2002
The White Gravel and Pine Garden of the Adachi Museum of Art in Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture, was designated Japan's most splendid garden for the 19th consecutive year in a U.S. Journal of Japanese Gardening survey.
The well-tended space covers roughly 170,000 square meters and consists of six areas, including the Dry Landscape Garden, the Moss Garden and the White Gravel and Pine Garden. The journal, also known as Sukiya Living Magazine, was founded by Douglas Roth in 1998 to introduce Japanese gardens to the world. Begun in 2003, the rankings are determined by gardening experts and cover 1,000 Japanese gardens around the country. The magazine features the top 50 gardens every year. Although the picturesque garden was originally designed by a famous gardener, museum founder and local businessman Zenko Adachi added arrangements of his own to complete the landscape. Maintained by seven gardeners, the grounds boast a variety of trees and flowers such as red and black pines, "satsuki" and "tsutsuji" azaleas and maples. Museum director Takanori Adachi said the charm of the garden lies in its landscape beauty, both natural and artificial, that is of unprecedented scale in the world.
Adachi museum garden ranked Japan’s best for 19th year | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis