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Wells Japanese Garden, Newberry

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Wells Japanese Garden is a small Japanese garden located at 1608 Lindsay Street in Newberry, South Carolina. It is open daily.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
The garden was created by W. Fulmer Wells in 1930, donated to the city in 1971, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It is currently being restored and maintained by the Newberry Council of Garden Clubs.

The garden contains two ponds, concrete bridges in a Japanese style, torii, a teahouse, and a variety of indigenous and exotic flora including lotus, Japanese iris, water lilies, crepe myrtle, dogwood, and cypress.

On February 12, 2012 at 12:12 the City of Newberry met with Senior Curator of The Presidential Service Museum, Martin CJ Mongiello, to accept a gift of a Matsu (pine) tree. Mongiello lived in Japan for many years and remembered visiting where President George H. W. Bush and Ulysses S. Grant each planted a Pine tree at the Tokyo famed Zojoji Temple. City officials at the meeting were Matt DeWitt and Jeff Shacker. Doctor Jerry Livingston, a local resident and former missionary in Japan of 40 years visited at 2:12 on the 12th to be introduced to the garden for the first time.

Komatsu Corporation donated a sizeable fund to help with additions at the garden in 2012. Both Doctor Livingston and Mongiello have pledged to assist in the garden for 2012.

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  • My husband and I were married there. Great place to make pictures especially in the summer. Angie H.  more »
  • I spent my lunch break here today. It's was quiet and peaceful and pleasant. The garden could use a little attention and maintenance. One of the water features is dry and the landscaping is missing the attention to detail that I would have expected to find in a Japanese garden. Even though it isn't in the best of shape the garden is still a pleasant surprise to have found in the middle of Newberry.
  • Prettier place when it had its original red colorings. The orange is tacky to be completely truthful.

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