At a glance, this garden demonstrates several distinct features including a pond, pergola, circular walkway pattern and several wooden accent pieces. Hidden within these elements is a far more elaborate design process, performed by Nature’a Palette project supervisor Matthew Morris in 2014. Matthew has studied at the Osaka Institute in Japan and was mentored in the Art of Japanese Garden Design. His ability to express meaning in the landscape based on traditional Japanese design principles, is meticulously expressed throughout the design. Everything from the placement of accent rocks, the orientation of the bridge and water feature to the plant material used were adapted to fit our Canadian climate (and unfortunately harsh winters). He combined elements that stimulate the senses to encourage meditation and relaxation as one walks through the space.