The garden was a gift to the people of Gosford as a symbol of cultural exchange and friendship, by our Sister City, Edogawa, (near Tokyo in Japan). This garden is now one of the most popular tourist attractions on the NSW Central Coast. It is based on a traditional ‘Shuyu’ (strolling style) garden, and covers an area of approximately 4000m2.
It is designed in accordance to the original principles of Japanese design of the Heian (700AD) period. The gardens were officially opened in September 1994 by the Mayor of Gosford and the Mayor of Edogawa.
The meandering pathways lead to traditional Japanese features including, a Japanese teahouse, raked dry stone garden (Karesansui), stone lanterns and a pond filled with Koi fish. A roofed pavilion overlooking the Koi Pond is a popular choice for wedding ceremonies. There are guided tours of the garden, available by booking through the gallery office. These are conducted by trained volunteer guides who skilfully explain the Japanese aesthetics and philosophies of this garden.
The design of this garden was a collaborative process between Ken Lamb, Imperial Gardens, Landscape Pty Ltd (Terrey Hills), Gosford City Council and Context Design (Sydney). The construction work was done by Imperial Gardens Landscapes Pty Ltd. The garden remains owned and operated by Gosford City Council.