Statue of Buddha in Nan Tien Temple Garden
The local Buddhist Temple has a fascinating garden and yesterday I went there to see it at its Summer best. The statue of Buddha above has views to Mt Kembla which in profile resembles a sleeping lion, an animal held in high regard in Chinese garden design for protecting a property from evil spirits.
The stairs to the Pagoda are quite formal. They are lined with tall Liquidamber trees underplanted with clipped Box and edged with the giant Lilyturf, Liriope 'Evergreen Giant'
The Temple garden features many native plants with tall straight Eucalypts and striking clumps of Gymea Lilies with their long sword shaped leaves reflecting the pointed eaves of the buildings.
Small granite statues are placed throughout the gardens and here is depicted a tea party under a Ficus hillii
Much loved Chinese Wisteria has a second flush of flowers in mid summer and in this garden it frames a long shaded walk.