The Garden of Tranquility, now open, was generously funded through a grant from the Community Garden Green Fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The grant was underwritten by the Gentlemen of the Garden, initiated by honorary board member Robert Eigelberger.
This serene garden experience was created by natural elements of stone, wood (bamboo) and living plant materials in an artistic Asian inspired fashion. The garden simulates a Zen-like garden although it is not meant to be authentic or of strictly Japanese elements. The hand-carved relief wall is of Indonesian design while other elements are contrived from Chinese, Japanese and other Asian influences. The objective is to inspire peace and tranquility – a spiritual place for the mind and soul. The garden’s intention is not to denote any particular religion, or even to be solely religious. The interpretation of the space is subjective, and in the eyes and consciousness of the beholder.
Being, technically, in the Sun Garden, it is important to maintain a bright and open space. The designer’s objective is to create a simple and clean landscape as a blank canvas for the viewer’s imagination and spirit. Using the remnants of an earlier garden, the center viewing circle is retained. Bamboo fencing on three sides isolates and delineates the space. To maximize viewing yet dissuade foot traffic, the circular viewing area is subtly defined by pavers and a ring of low plantings. The main garden is an expanse of light-colored gravel suggesting the expanse of the cosmos pacifying despite its blinding austerity. Assorted boulders and marble spheres are arranged artistically to depict the obstacles that surround us. The designs of the Zen-like raked gravel are the paths we choose to follow to traverse those obstacles.