Japanese Garden, Los Angeles

The exquisite flower pictured above I found growing near our home last week. I was surprised to see that it was the flower of a cactus plant. Speaking of flowers, I recently read that the poinsettia plant was brought to the states from Mexico by Joel Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico. He found it growing as a weed on Mexican roadsides. It later became a favorite Christmas decoration and eventually was named after him. The shrubs blooming at this time of the year in the Japanese Garden are azalea, rhododendron, and camellia.
The Japanese Garden is located about five miles from where we are parked here in the San Frenando Valley. Strangely enough, it is on the grounds of the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. All of the water used in the garden is from reclaimed waste water. >Dr. Koichi Kawana was the garden's creator. In his lifetime he designed more than a dozen major Japanese gardens in the United States, including the one in St. Louis which is the largest of all of the gardens. In designing Suiho-en (the Japanese name for the garden) Dr. Kawana balanced the positive and negative forces, Yin and Yang, with a blend of traditional Japanese garden design and modern Western architecture. He was an architect as well as an artist and designed the contemporary water plant administration building located in the garden. His visionary goal was to teach visitors to the garden about the need for water recycling and reuse. We enjoyed walking around the lakes in the garden. Large groups of coots were busy feeding on the grass at the water's edge, and a lone white egret waded in one of the lakes searching for small fish to eat. The tea house of the garden can be seen in the background of the picture below.

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I like more of a traditional or even country style, sans chickens and cows, not a cutesy country but more of a contemporary country. My home is probably more like the Coastal Living exampes shown. Also the garden is important, ties into the house style.

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Roof replacement brings an opportunity to install a roof garden. It looks like this is going to take a lot of work.
The foundation, walls, and roof structure meant to hold a light traditional roof need to be replaced or made more robust to handle the load of a wet layer of soil and plants above. This probably means a rebuilt foundation, additional structure in the walls, and some kind of new brace assembly to hold the roof up.
It seems like most moisture barriers eventually fail, especially when irrigation and roots get involved, and so some kind of double barrier design that suspends the garden and garden paths over the roof itself would be best

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