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Manzanar Japanese Relocation Camp - Gardens
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Pond and stonework in a Japanese garden at Manzanar

Pond and stonework in a Japanese garden at Manzanar

Some gardens were built by individual families, such as this one in Block 33. Others were in the public spaces, especially near the mess halls and medical facilities. A total of 14 gardens have been identified by the park service.

Manzanar National Historic Site, California

Date photographed: March 12, 2017

Merritt Park at Manzanar

Merritt Park at Manzanar

Merritt Park, constructed primarily by Tak Muto and Kuichiro Nishi, was the most elaborate garden. Its one and a half acres had lawns, trees, and ponds with bridges and a waterfall.

Manzanar National Historic Site, California

Date photographed: March 12, 2017

Bridge and stones at Manzanar's Merritt Park

Bridge and stones at Manzanar's Merritt Park

Water diverted from a nearby stream made Merritt Park and other gardens lush and green during the life of the camp. When Manzanar closed down the ponds filled with sand and the plants, other than the tough locust trees, died. In 2008 Kuichiro Nishi's descendants dug out the ponds and partly restored the park.

Manzanar National Historic Site, California

Date photographed: March 12, 2017

Garden at the Manzanar Hospital

Garden at the Manzanar Hospital

This must have been a lovely Japanese-style garden when created, supplied with water from a mountain stream.

Manzanar National Historic Site, California

Date photographed: March 12, 2017

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