Entrance to Sarnia's Japanese Meditation Garden. Photo credit: Tony Frangis

Did You Know? Sarnia Has A Japanese Meditation Garden Hiding In Plain Sight

Published On May 15, 2018 | By Tony Frangis | Mornings

While going for an evening walk the other night through Germain Park, I could hear the flowing water of a fountain near the main entrance closest to East St. The sound was coming from the other side of a wall of shrubs, but there was a small opening where you could see inside. Within the boundaries of those hedge walls? This:

Japanese Meditation Garden in Sarnia. Photo credit: Tony Frangis

Japanese Meditation Garden in Sarnia. Photo credit: Tony Frangis

I’m a lifelong Sarnia resident and had no idea this little getaway was hiding right next to the entrance of Germain Park off of East St.

A quick Google search revealed that this garden has only been here for a few years, so it made me feel a little better knowing that I haven’t missed this thing for my entire life.

So what is a Japanese meditation garden? It’s sometimes called a “zen” garden or “dry landscape” garden, but it’s basically a meditation aid that imitates different aspects of nature. It’s usually comprised of various Japanese plants, rocks, gravel or sand and a water feature. In Sarnia’s garden, you can find this granite fountain:

Granite fountain inside Japanese rock garden in Sarnia. Photo credit: Tony Frangis

Granite fountain inside Japanese rock garden in Sarnia. Photo credit: Tony Frangis

I have no idea how to meditate, but this place makes me want to learn how.

Did you know that we had this meditation garden? Have you ever visited?

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