The Japanese Garden has now closed to visitors until further notice to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We have taken every precaution to keep our staff and visitors safe up to this point; however we feel that closing is the best way to encourage people to follow the governments advice of social distancing and hopefully this will ease the pressure on our NHS and the amazing staff who are working so hard to care for the infected.

We feel so sad to be closing and I know many of you will be disappointed with our decision; but we feel it is the right thing to do at this point to try to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

I would urge everyone to follow strict hygiene guidelines and wash your hands regularly with soap and water. Keep a safe distance of at least 2 meters away from other people and if you are displaying any symptoms; please stay home and isolate for 2 weeks.

Stuart and I are in the process of setting up an online shop which will provide some of our items via mail order so whilst we are closed to the public you will still be able to access a selection of products. I will of course inform you all when we get this up and running.

We will get through this. Please be safe everyone.

Natalie & Stuart

 

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The Japanese Garden will be closing to visitors by the end of the day tomorrow until further notice to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Stuart and I feel that closing our business is the right thing to do in order to encourage people to follow the guidance of the government to limit travel, actively keep a safe distance from people and avoid groups. Although the garden is a place of peace and much needed relaxation at this time; we do not want to be irresponsible by encouraging people to visit and potentially putting themselves and others at risk.

This Monday (tomorrow) 23rd March 2020 will be our final day open until further notice.

We hope that our closure is short lived and hope to reopen as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe.

Natalie & Stuart

 

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Definitely a strange mothers day for most of us I expect – today I saw my mum through her glass doors as she is in isolation; but it was still wonderful to see her beautiful face and chat to her. I am definitely missing being able to give her a kiss and a cuddle though.

Social distancing is being advised by government and visitors are being asked to keep a safe distance from others – luckily the garden and plant areas are almost all outdoors with the exception of our shop but keeping a couple of meters away from others is still important so we are doing our best to continuously clean and are offering visitors hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities to reduce risk and promote good hygiene. 

Today we have been quiet for such a beautiful sunny day; but those who have come in have been lovely and have told us how much they have enjoyed the garden; which makes us staying open so worthwhile.

These are unique times and we are all in this situation together, which I hope will make people think of others. Especially today, on Mothers day, we should all try to do something kind for someone who is in need; perhaps donate food to your local food bank, or offer to get some shopping to someone in isolation. 

The more we can do for others, the happier we are as individuals and as a society for that matter. 

Being in the garden this morning was a highlight of my week; the cherry blossoms were beautiful, the Koi carp were swimming in the clear water, the sun was shining and it felt like life was normal for a little while. My mood was definitely lifted after my little walk around as it always is. 

Please stay safe everyone; and if you think you have any symptoms; stay home and isolate.

Love to all the wonderful mums out there whether they are near or far

Natalie & Stuart

Please check out my photos from my visit to the garden today – pictured below –

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Hello everyone,

I almost don’t know where to start with my blog post this week; what a crazy time! The spread of Covid-19 has dominated the news, social media and conversations i’ve had this week and it has created a lot of uncertainty for individuals and businesses. We here at the garden know that this is a time that people are going to need outdoor places to visit that will help them to feel calm and less anxious and safe and so we are going to try to stay open.  Firstly let me assure you all that we here at The Japanese Garden are taking every precaution to keep our staff and visitors safe; we are following strict guidelines on hygiene and are continuously cleaning surfaces, door handles, and any points of contact to prevent contamination. We have hand washing facilities; providing anti-bacterial soap, hand sanitiser at our counter and staff are wearing disposable gloves so they can maximise safety. The garden is of course outdoors in the open air, as are our Bonsai and plant areas and the only indoor space we have is our shop which we are keeping breezy by keeping the doors open; so if you are coming to shop; wear your coat because it can be chilly 😊

We are doing everything we can to offer our services to you at this troubling time and we would politely ask anyone visiting to please make use of the soap and hand sanitiser that we are offering and pay close attention to your contact. Our PDQ machine can accept Contactless payments for those of you who would prefer not to enter you PIN.

On a personal note; I would like to thank everyone who has visited and supported us in the last 5 years since we took over management of the Japanese Garden, Stuart and I (Natalie) feel honoured to have looked after this beautiful space and we know how much this place has touched so many of you. We will try our best to stay open as long as we can during this time.

The garden is blissfully unaware of all this stress and is blossoming into Spring as it always does 💕  The cherry blossom is flowering its heart out and so many of the Camelias, Rhododendrons and azaleas are looking wonderful.

Spring is a time for Hope – We can get through this! And we will get through it together.

Stay safe everyone and we hope to see you soon

Natalie & Stuart

 

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Its been a whole 2 weeks since I visited the garden and I have truly missed its calming influence. So today I grabbed my camera and headed down for a visit.

There is a lot of uncertainty at the moment for everyone with the pandemic and of course this makes everyone feel anxious. Stuart and myself have taken precautions to keep our staff and the public safe as best we can in our shop and the garden is outside in the open air 😊 

My visit today couldn’t have come at a better time and I felt relaxed and revitalised being around all the trees and flowers 🌷 Some of the cherry blossoms are now flowering! The Mount Fuji cherry by the decking area is now looking beautiful  🌸 

There are many azaleas now flowering too in several stunning pink colours 🌺  And the large leaf Rhododendron is now showing off its stunningly big buds and a flower or 2 is opening up – this is one I wait for every year with anticipation of the beautiful blossoms.

Many of the acer are now leafing up and some are far ahead of others. Its amazing how nature does everything at its own pace. Although everything is looking beautiful in the garden the crown jewel today was the magnolia – with its stunning purple blossoms covering the tree ; it was just breathtaking! I photographed it for ages 😂 

My walk around the garden today has filled me with hope that its going to be a beautiful spring and I have had the pleasure of meeting some lovely new visitors today who loved the garden 💖 

With the 2020 season underway (2 weeks in already) we have been busy getting our deliveries in and dealing with storm damage in the garden. Its been non stop since we reopened! 😃 We have had a large Bonsai delivery which has included a few stunning specimens and lots of favourite species including Chinese Elms, Japanese Hollies and Buddist Pines and a new species this year called Buxus – already flowering their hearts out 💓 

We have also had our Bonsai pot deliveries which have now filled up our shop with a variety of colours and sizes.

Our concrete statues order arrived and we have a great variety of Buddhas, pagodas, dragons, green men and everything else now in stock 😊 

We even have our new jewellery range in stock now – made from sustainably sourced Paua shell 💗 

Please check out the photos from my visit today – pictured below – 

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