It’s as easy as taking a look around Canberra’s backyard at a place that is actually front and centre on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. It’s the Canberra Nara Peace Park, a gift from the people of Nara in Japan to celebrate the sister city link between Canberra, Australia’s modern capital, and Nara, Japan’s ancient capital.
Here you will find that simplicity is the key to a Japanese garden. The use of wooden structures welcome you into a garden that is adorned by a variety of Japanese maples, flanked by groundcover plants and shrubs.
Another important aspect that makes a Japanese garden a perfect inclusion to your backyard is the similar climate of the Canberra area to that of its sister city in Japan. Many of the species such as cherry blossoms, myrtles, maples and shrubs will tolerate Canberra’s climate because of their deciduous nature that allows them to withstand the colder temperatures of winter.