Stroll through Japanese Eden

The Humes Japanese Stroll Garden is a 4-acre oasis on Long
Island. The Locust Valley, N.Y., retreat was developed by John
Humes after serving as U.S. Ambassador to Japan in the 1960s.
Gardeners Douglas and Joan DeFaya initially shaped the rolling
land to recreate the passive beauty of Japanese gardens. Their
work was expanded up on by landscaper Stephen Morrell in the
1980s. The garden was opened to the public in 1986, and in
1993, the Garden Conservancy took over its management. Paths
wander through groves of bamboo and Japanese maples and
native trees. Beneath their canopy are native and Asian
wildflowers and shrubbery. A man-made lake hosts turtles and
koi, and provides a soothing sound of running water to
accompany the sound of wind whispering through trees. On
weekends throughout the summer, sounds of the shakuhachi, the
Zen bamboo flute, waft from a tea ceremony house. This adds to
the aural ambiance of wandering through the garden, admiring
the beauty of nature or pausing to view the ikebana and bonsai
Flower aglow
Turtle poses
Jack In The Pulpit
Fern grows on path
Humes Presentation Space
Reflecting sky
Barbara Krooss / Shakhachi
Reeds rustle in wind
Fall arrives
Leaf on moss bed