Friday, May 7, 2021


The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

I'm used to perusing the Library of Congress files for *old* tea garden photos, but this week, I discovered that some of the newer photos on there were just as inspiring! This one features the Japanese Tea Garden inside Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California, and all those lovely green shades are just delightful. The Library of Congress notes that it was "originally created as a 'Japanese Village' exhibit for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition. When the fair closed, Japanese landscape architect Makoto Hagiwara created a permanent Japanese style garden as a gift for posterity." What a gift!

And here's another gorgeous view from that same collection of photographs by Carol M. Highsmith.

I'm hoping to do a little gardening myself over the weekend, and while I won't end up with anything like this, it's fun to dream, isn't it!


  1. Such a lovely, peaceful garden! Enjoy your own gardening this weekend.

  2. That is a beautiful Japanese garden! We have a very nice one here in Washington DC at the Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, which I love to visit. There is even a turtle who lives in the pond there. I hope you have good weather for your gardening this weekend!

  3. When I look at that first picture, the white area in the left hand corner looks likes a lady's face and shoulders with short hair! Maybe that green could be a feather in her "tea" hat. :)

  4. Beautiful garden. Are these from 1894 or are they newer photographs?

    1. Oops, just seeing this, Ginger. They are newer photographs, which was a surprise. Most of the things on there are vintage!

  5. I have wonderful childhood memories of my grandmother taking me to tea right in that very spot. It was one of my earliest adventures into tea. They serve I think still only green tea and little cookies. On my 70th birthday I took myself to San Francisco for my own personal birthday celebration and I had tea once again right there.


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