It was such a sunny day yesterday that I visited the
Hamilton Gardens for a walk.
I especially wanted to visit the Chinese Scholar’s Garden
(also known as the Garden of Retreat-in-Flowing-Happiness) so I could see the
wisteria in bloom.
This garden follows the Taoist tradition and portrays a
miniature of the cosmos (mountains, lakes, cliffs etc), where scholars could
relax, meditate, write poems, play music and so on.
A short walk leads down to the Blossom Court where one can
enter the Arbour of Lingering Fragrance.
Jasmine grows freely over the arbour frame and the scent can be
Exiting from the Arbour through a Moon Gate, the Moon &
Lily Lake and the Wisteria Bridge come into view.
Unfortunately the wisteria was not in bloom, although it was
in other parts of the garden. I am
wondering if perhaps it had been severely pruned this last year and was still
in recovery mode.
I found this photo, taken in 2019, to give an idea of what
it can look like.
The walk continues over the Wisteria Bridge and on to the
Island of Whispering Birds (don’t you just love all the names?) before crossing
the Willow Bridge and entering the Bamboo Walk.
At the top of the hill, can be found the Celestial Turtle of
Taihu Lake, presented to Hamilton by its Chinese sister-city, Wuxi.
Nearby is the Golden Pavilion, a great place to stop for a
while before heading back down to the garden’s exit.
I also wandered around a couple more gardens, but those can
wait for another day 😊