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“Tranquail nature preserve”

John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

This is a hidden gem on the norht shore of Nassau, that most people don't know about. It is on a side road and had passed it many time but never realized it was there. It is a hilly wooded area with lovely folliage, a tea house and large koi pond.

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Reviewed 24 August 2013

A friend told me about this place and I decided to go today for the guided tour and tea ceremony. This garden appears to be a secret and a hidden gem. The terrain is very rough and asymetrical with hills, steps made of stones, and uneven mulch. Make sure to wear rubber soled walking shoes and take insect spray. Steve was great in explaining the design of the garden and the Buddhist and Zen philosophy of living life in the present and forgetting all your burdens. You will feel at peace as you enjoy the gardens, nature, koi pond and listen to the waterfalls. There are no eating/drinking facilities and the parking lot is very small and they are only open on weekends, so make sure to check their website for details. Steve was a great host as he demonstrated the actual tea ceremony, however, due to space limitations, only one guest was invited inside to participate and everyone else watched from outside. I was a bit disappointed and think we should have all gotten to enjoy the tea. Overall, if you want a quiet and unique place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life, be at peace and relax in nature, this is a great place to spend a few hours and get away from the city!

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Reviewed 11 July 2013

There is so much to say about this place, it's hard to know where to start. If you like to take tranquil pictures, wait till the day is overcast and cloudy- the richness of the colors and the deep greens will astound you. Peaceful beyond belief, you will find yourself letting your mind wander and catch yourself also being completely at ease and the stress of the week leaving your body. Open till about 5 on the weekends and if you're lucky, you'll find yourself alone to enjoy the calm fountains or listen for the wind through the leaves. Water, Koi, and a really relaxing hour or two will make your day feel rejuvenated.

2  Thank Royman32
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

Happened upon this lovely place quite by accident & after checking it out on the Internet, opted to make a return trip just to see it for ourselves. Well worth the experience. Parking is very limited & children may not be as soothing as you would want them to be in such a contemplative, serene environment. A true oasis for thoughts.

2  Thank jm g
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

take advantage of this wonderful hidden garden. kids love to feed the fish in the pond. parking is easy. they are only opened on holidays & weekends. There are special events such as tea ceremonies. The stroll is perfect for a post holiday morning large brunch.

1  Thank a_new_york_family
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