The Ecological Garden
The Ecological Garden covers an area of about 5,000 square meters (54,000 square feet) and was designed with the image of a circuit Japanese-style garden. There is a small pond containing fish, a waterfall made of rocks, and a boardwalk through the garden where you can enjoy the relaxing environment of a bamboo grove.
The Ecological Garden is located on a hill across the east side of the Dodo Bridge/Dodo-Bashi, which goes over a small pond between the Bamboo Museum and the Ecological Garden.
The scenery with the various bamboos and Sasa bamboos growing is a magical green world created by nature.
There are 110 species of bamboos and Sasa bamboos planted, and each species is labeled botanically. It is fun to compare the different species of bamboos and Sasa bamboos.
As you enter the garden path from the south exit of the Bamboo Museum, you can see the beautiful Phyllostachys bambusoides var holochrysa /Ougon-Chiku, and the rare species named Phyllostachys pubescens var. Nabeshimana S.Suzuki/Kinmei-chiku and Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Marliacea'/Shibo-chiku right in front of you.
Also when you walk down the boardwalk, the breathtaking view of greenery spreads all around. The historical site of Dodo Bridge/Dodo-Bashi creates a great addition to the atmosphere, making it a popular photo spot.
The park can be strolled around on the boardwalk, and various species of bamboo can be observed along the way.
In the center of the park, there is a Gazebo-style (Azumaya- style) rest area where you can relax and enjoy the bamboo grove.
In addition, there is a small bamboo path with stepping stones in the center of the park. Entering that small pathway, visitors can observe the characteristics of various bamboos and Sasa bamboos species more closely, which is highly valued by academics.
In recent years, this Japanese style bamboo pathway with stepping stones has been gaining popularity not only in Japan but also overseas. This fantastic space created by the clusters of bamboo is a popular spot for taking photos.
In general, the culms of bamboo are green. However, there are some species whose culms are strangely golden in color, or have separate shades of green and yellow. Many bamboos have circular culms, but there are also some that look like turtle shells, such as Phyllostachys pubescens var. heterocycla Le./Kikko-chiku, some have square culms, such as Tetragonocalamus angulatus (Munro) Nakai/Shiho-chiku. You can see these bamboos with unusual colors and shapes in the Ecological Garden.
Bamboo has been closely associated with the lives of Japanese people since ancient times, and is a plant that is very familiar to us. However, their ecology is mysterious and often unknown.
One of them is the flowering phenomenon of bamboo. Bamboos generally bloom in cycles of several decades or even centuries. They also tend to bloom and die all at once.
The stone marker of Sasa nipponica (Sie.) Makino et Shibata/Miyako-zasa is inscribed with the words, "Large flowering cycle test marker, 1954, flowering seedling”. This is a seedling that grew after flowering, and was recorded to confirm the flowering cycle.
The bamboos planted in the Ecological Garden are regenerated as seedlings after the flowering and dying process, or if they are grown asexually. The regeneration time of each bamboo is inscribed on a stone marker for future research.