This Japanese garden sits on the hillsides next to a 2 acre, spring-fed pond in a shady, peaceful corner of one of Dallas’ neighborhood parks.The garden’s trees include deodar cedars, Japanese black pines, sabal palms, Japanese maples, Afghan pines, golden rain tree and Japanese maidenhair (aka Ginkgo biloba).
The Japanese Garden begins with an artful design by Hoichi Kurisu and the firm Kurisu International. His work ranks among the finest Japanese gardens outside of Japan, including Portland Japanese Garden (Oregon), Anderson Gardens (Rockford, IL), Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden (Delray Beach, Florida).
The 7.5 acre, Mizumoto Japanese Stroll garden was created in 1986 and includes a 3 large koi lakes, moon bridge, meditation garden, tea house and traditional Japanese garden landscaping.
At 40 acres, the Japanese garden at Gibbs Gardens is one of the largest Tsukiyama gardens in the nation. What visitors see when they visit today is a far cry from the bog covered with invasive smilax vine that owner, creator and designer Jim Gibbs was faced with in 1987.