Emil Kreye & Son is honored to have one of the gardens upon which we have collaborated featured in Architectural Digest’s new book “Outstanding American Gardens.” The John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden in Mill Neck, New York, is now showcased in this new book on the best gardens in America. Emil Kreye & Son did the restoration work on the pond and built the waterfall and surrounding rock ledges in this national treasure.
Emil Kreye & Son was asked by the Garden Conservancy to undertake the pond restoration and creation of a rock garden and waterfall for this national treasure. The restoration of the pond included total excavation of the area, followed by construction of a 30′ long dam with a spillway. Bottom intake and sediment tanks were installed for circulation. In addition to the pond restoration, Emil Kreye & Son also designed and built an 8’ high rock ridge and a waterfall flowing into the newly renovated pond.
Read what Wikepedia says about the garden and its noteworthy features.
“The garden was begun in 1960 for Ambassador and Mrs. John P. Humes upon their return from Japan, and built over the next four years. In 1980 it was donated to the Wild Life Sanctuary, and opened to the public in 1987. In 1993 the Garden Conservancy assumed management of the garden.”
“Of special interest in the garden are the tea house, tea garden, stone lanterns, mosses, waterfall, pond, and a collection of related North American and Asian plants. “
“The garden is built on steeply sloping terrain, and aims to invoke the sensation of a remote mountain village. It contains a lake and tea house. Moving through the garden, where the views, textures and balance of elements have been planned following Japanese aesthetic principles, visitors experience a walking meditation inducing inner peace. Stepping stones are used to control the rate at which one moves through the garden, encouraging moment-to-moment reflection. The garden suggests a hillside landscape beside the sea, where gravel paths represent streams that form pools and cascades, eventually flowing into the ocean represented by a pond.”