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  • The Japanese Gardens, tucked into one of the least-traveled parts of Lithia Park, could really be in the Land of the Rising Sun. But fortunately for us, the gardens' serene beauty and Zen-like quiet are steps away from Winburn Way.
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      About This Series
      An Ashland Day is a series of photo-driven looks at Ashland outdoor activities. If you want to share your favorite place to go or thing to do, please email jeastman@dailytidings.com
  • The Japanese Gardens, tucked into one of the least-traveled parts of Lithia Park, could really be in the Land of the Rising Sun. But fortunately for us, the gardens' serene beauty and Zen-like quiet are steps away from Winburn Way.
    A stroll along the watercourse leads to different ponds, all with unique sounds.
    Here, too, are trees dressed in their fall colors as bright as fireworks. Japanese maples display a layering of burnt orange, russet and deep crimson. Cypress, hemlock and other coniferous shrubs and trees exhibit varying degrees of greens, and ginkgo trees flutter with butter-yellow leaves that eventually carpet the ground. All create a new daily watercolor painting.
    "It's ever-changing throughout the season," says Anne Thayer, the park's horticulturist. "And every year you see something appealing to your senses. You really notice trees in the fall because of their colors."
    The Japanese Gardens, which were created in the 1980s with a small donation, are also a great learning experience, with small monochrome signs naming the plants.
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