I love visiting gardens and nurseries,. Today, we went to our local Como Conservatory. I studied Japanese in College and High School, and I was lucky enough to spend a summer in Japan when I was 17. Memories I will never forget. So to no surprise, the Japanese Garden was my favorite. We live in Zone 4. Nagasaki, Masami Matsuda designed the garden to Japanese principles using plants and trees hardy to Minnesota. I was so excited to see that some of the plants used, are the same ones in my backyard! :) (bleeding hearts, hostas, rhododendrons...) I would love to add some Japanese inspired designs to my backyard. But, one step at a time.