The Japanese Garden was designed and executed by Ann
Schnormeier and Tom Wade of Wade & Gatton Nurseries of
Bellville, Ohio in 1994--the year we moved into our new
The garden exemplified the principles and philosophies of
'Sukiya Living' which embodies the garden as part of the
total living environment. It plays a supporting role to the
lead actor: the house. After all, the garden is viewed from
within the house, and the person who benefits from those
views almost always spends more time inside than outside.
The garden is composed of a number of basic elements:
gravel and rock beds separated by a winding stone path, a
Japanese lantern, a coin fountain, a large stone boulder, as
well as a number of carefully selected and placed trees and
shrubs. Among them are a Japanese maple, umbrella pine,
goldmop chamaecyparis and numerous thymes and sedums.