Kyoto Japanese Garden in Holland Park

The quietly beautiful Japanese Kyoto garden in Holland Park was built by a renowned Japanese garden designer, Shoji Nakahara, the leader of the Kyoto Garden Association, to celebrate the Japan Festival in London in 1992.

Japanese garden - Holland Park
Kyoto Japanese Garden in Holland Park designed by Shoji Nakahara

It is one of London’s secret places, located in the heart of Holland Park – Autumn must be one of the best times to visit. The Japanese acers have changed their leaves to every shade of red and orange.

Water feature - Kyoto Japanese Garden, Holland Park, London
Water feature – Kyoto Japanese Garden, Holland Park, London

Gigantic koi carp gently swim around the lake and beneath the waterfall.

Waterfall - Kyoto Japanese Garden, Holland Park, West London
Waterfall – Kyoto Japanese Garden, Holland Park

Arrive at the Kyoto garden by strolling through an ancient Yew archway – into the Acer avenue

Acer walk - leading to the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park
Taxus Baccata arch leading to Acer avenue entrance to the Kyoto garden

The Kyoto garden itself is entirely enclosed by bamboo fencing to protect the wildlife. Living bamboo screens rustle in the wind and a muster of peacocks greet you as you stroll along the paths, the sound of the waterfall is so relaxing and the inquisitive peacocks parade and display their wonderful colours.

Japanese Cloud Tree and Peacock
Japanese Cloud Tree and Peacock

The Japanese style garden is one of the most inspirational and popular garden designs but how to achieve that serenity and balance when creating your own Japanese garden.
There are certain aspects to consider before you start – always be focussed on what you would find in nature. Give space to the planting – you will create beautiful designs when the planted elements are surrounded by space to breathe – it’s all about balance in your design.

Kyoto Japanese Garden lake with koi carp
Kyoto Japanese Garden lake with koi carp | Holland Park, London

Water is a highly desirable element – waterfalls or natural ponds – never a fountain…the calming sound of the water is important. Japanese gardeners tend their gardens all year round – plants are chosen for their form and structure and year round interest.

Water features in a Japanese garden
Water creates balance and harmony in the Japanese garden

 

 

To get the look – ideal plants to use in your design – Japanese Acers, Buxus Globes, Japanese Cloud Trees, Magnolia, Camellia Japonica, Azalea Japonica and Pittosporum
Contact Paramount garden designers – view our portfolio and our Japanese style garden

The Kyoto Garden in Holland Park is managed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.