John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden, Locust Valley

4.4
#51 of 62 in Parks in Long Island
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  • We've been here before, and it is a lovely spot, but the last time we knew they were struggling for money. We drove there today to find it closed(despite google saying it was open) and,in speaking wit...  more »
  • I've been to the Japanese Stroll Garden a few times, and it is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places on Long Island. It's so green, lush and tranquil. I can't express in words the feeling you ...  more »
  • When i went i lovd it so much i want to get merried there some day... i wonder if they do that....hmmm  more »
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  • A good example of a genuine Japanese garden, a beautiful tea house that also offers a tea ceremony, hilly grounds, beautiful pond with goldfish that you can feed. A good place to bring your whole family.
  • Lovely small park, just what I was looking for. There's a beautiful large pond with koi, bullfrogs, dragonflies, and tons of gorgeous water lilies. Although it's only open on weekends, there's a lovely Japanese gazebo with a live musician playing traditional Asian music. The park guide, Mary, is the nicest/most helpful guide I have ever met! She recommends visiting after a storm (bring a plastic bag or something to sit on so your butt doesn't get wet!)
  • I would not even give this one star. The garden is extremely small and you can walk it all in 5 minutes. There is a lady collecting $10 each for this 5 minute experience. Save your money. Your own garden is probably a better experience.
  • The anonymous Google user that gave this one star is completely uninformed. This is a phenomenal Garden Conservancy location...Certainly not meant to be run rough-shod by some ill-mannered brood. Many times the garden dies with the gardener. Thankfully, this is not the case here and we should be extremely thankful (& respectful). A meditative space. Uneven terrain makes it unhappily a tough go for the physically infirm. A small jewel.
  • I have to agree 100% with the review of Anita Kusick and her assessment of the anonymous "Google User" who deemed this wonderful example of the tranquility and beauty of Japanese culture only worthy of one star. The vulgar content of his/her review obviously reflects his low-brow mentality and, consequently, makes it quite easy to assess what happened on the day his and his brood visited this garden. Clearly, they mistook the Japanese Stroll Garden for the corner Chuck E. Cheese and allowed his ill-mannered brats to run amok throughout the place. I've met the gardener many times and found her to be a kind, sweet, and informative person...certainly not a "hag" or "rude" in any way. However, when someone of a lower IQ is confronted by a person attempting to exhibit a perfectly reasonable attitude - in this case, a request to not have their rotten children run around screaming and climbing on the carefully landscaped property that other people are trying to enjoy and contemplate - they interpret that as rude and, exhibiting the narcissism and unwarranted delusions of grandeur that social media and reality TV have ingrained in people of their ilk, they go off in a huff because they're not welcome to smoke and eat Subway meatball heroes while their kids carry on like crazed animals and exercise the only means of "empowerment" available to them...writing nasty reviews on Google. Anyway, John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden is an oasis and something that everyone should experience. Once stepping onto the grounds, it's almost hard to believe that you're still on Long Island; instead, you feel as if you've been transported to ancient Japan. I'd advise anyone and everyone to flock to this wonderful place and experience it for yourselves...provided their unfortunate funding woes don't result it it's closure. If such a thing happens, Long Island will have lost something special.

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