Please see part one and part two of the Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park series. In 1906, a Japanese landscape artist, K. Wadarmori, and team of workers created this detailed miniature landscape from an orchard in just six months, returning in 1908 to build a teahouse. It is a replica of a tea house that was in Kyoto and has burned since that time. The Japanese garden is to reflect the landscape of Japan with mountains, islands, and structures. The Buddha statue did cause controversy with local Christian pastors preaching against false gods. I believe Mary was so far ahead of her time with her charity work and building a home for widows. Plus she saw the beauty and peace from other cultures that we can appreciate, while being Christians. I found this garden so peaceful and beautiful. If you take the garden tour, it is one of the earlier gardens you will visit. The volunteers find that often they lose half of the tour as people stay to explore. We did return to the garden later in the day. It is a peaceful garden filled with many wonderful statues, flowers, and lilly pads to enjoy.