LIVING IN OUR ARID, desertlike climate in these dry times, we are well aware of the need to employ water-conservation practices. So it's good to know that one of our loveliest public gardens is making plans to use reclaimed water exclusively. The Japanese Garden includes three distinct areas--a Zen garden, a wet strolling garden and a tea garden. The water-reclamation plant demonstrates the use of reclaimed water by depicting it in three states: the 2 1/2-acre fish-filled lake shows its calm state; the stream, its horizontal movement; and the waterfall, its vertical motion.
The 6 1/2-acre garden (designed by award-winning landscape architect and former UCLA professor of art Dr. Koichi Kawana) is authentic in every detail--from its hand-set stone paths and sculptures, Japanese stone lanterns and 14th-Century farmhouse and teahouse to its iris-lined zigzag bridge, combinations of seasonal flowers and plants and bonsai-style black pines.