If, like me, you cannot resist a Japanese garden, you will find this display by the Japanese Garden Society quite tantalizing. It presents an overview of the history of the Japanese garden in the UK, tracing how it came into vogue in the late 19th century and soared in popularity after the Japan-British Exhibition of 1910, cue some gorgeous period postcards. The display consists solely of text panels with images, no original photographic prints or artworks, but it does well at highlighting gardens you might like to visit. I knew of Tatton Park in Cheshire, regarded as the best, but I was intrigued to learn that Norwich Cathedral has a dry stone landscape (karesansui) garden called The Garden of Calm Virtue. The display is probably too small to merit a special visit but the Garden Museum itself is a delight, in a church near Lambeth Bridge with a picturesque graveyard.
Visions of Paradise: the Japanese Garden in the UK
Garden Museum, London
23 June 2012 to 13 September 2012
Also recommended is the small but illuminating catalogue, very good value at only £5.
Above: The Garden of Calm Virtue at Norwich Cathedral. Japanese dry landscape (karesansui) garden. Image: Kaz Morohashi, at http://www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/page/events-and-exhibition.