n ····lltral,::·lelp I (Japane•) Garden :., ........ _ .... ••••• Remember the marvelous Japanese strollgarden in Mill Neck which we spoke so ·highly oflast year inthi$· paper? Seems these days n has Us. neck on th~ chopping t)tock •. Put ~ifllply, the .. fate o.t .the· Jofm P. Humes Japanese stroll garden is in the hancts of people who are willing to votubteer time and a little money to keep the Charming Jittle site going. Acco.rding to Laura Palmer, execu- tive .assistant at the Mill Neck gar\\ den, the. garden is in \dire straits\ for 1994. A sloping. and forested land in keeping with the Japanese reverence for nature, this stroll garden surprises. delights and brings the visitor to a point of meditative .reflection. we have noted. But Jf the place can't sustain the cost of maintenance and hosting visitors. who will benefit from the op- portunity to meditate:? · Just this past May residents in the area asked the same question, and aft~ran emergency fund-raising cam- paign managed to finance the open- ing of the garden for 1wO days a week, the Humes garden was host to something like sao visitors. Tha~ campaign managed to pro- vide for staff and supplies to main- tain the garden for a season -· but only with 1he added help of an ac- tive group of volunteers giving gen- erously o:f their time, contributing to the,physical maintenance of the garden and providing other assis- tance. - Japanese gardens are \high main- garden~ I learned, is its symbolism.ln ter:~anoe gardens,'' notes -curator.... · · the case of.this particular garden, Stephen :Morrelt Aside fron,·ofhfl!-·ne.. there iS an idealized landscape sym- cessities of maintaining :its Willque bolizing a mountain setting by the look, ·he notes, the_ ~J~,bSive: network . ~_!fa~~ Th~ gravel paths repres~~t: :.- . of patns ba~>t~.qe::$wept every day; _, . - ·. tnountatn streams thatj.Qr.m pools at . :fJ.'S you mignfr<now. the desigtr'prin- various levels and qascade down- , ~ipre of a Japanese garden is that na- . ·. ward over symbol'ic\vaterfalls-, even- tore is the ideal and that tranquility is. tually flowing into the ocean (repre- the. goal. And if you think about ft. the sen ted by a pond). harmonious blending of the contrived In the pond itself is a tortoise island, with an existing North Shore wood- located by the pond in the tea gar ... land demonstrates a wonderful.inter- den. A moss mound forms the shell. action between humans and the natu· Stone are the head •. feet and tail. rat topography. The four full rolling There's even a symbolic seashore by acres of this Mill Neck property still the pond. manage to recreate this concept of An interesting pbenomenon to be working within a tiny space to give .it found in the garden is the way step- the iJiusion of size~ ping stones are used. Now Japan Important in the design of a may have its bullet trains -· but they Japanese stroll garden. I'm told, is the also have their garden paths, which concept of hide and reveaf and move- are specifically designed to control mer•t along the diagonal. In keeping the rate at which you move through with ·this, instead of following a the garden. To tell you. the truth, f straight axis down from the entrance, did find myself slowing down to the path at the John Humes garden step carefully on the stones and veers right and left. Not only does this stopping to notice the numerous divert views - it reveals vistas se- plantings of Japanese versions of. quentially as one proceeds through native plants. · the garden. This heightens the effect Among them? Japanese versions of and exaggerates tt:le sense of space. ·. · Jack-in-the .. pulpit. ferns, snake root, Another consideration made use maple, witch hazel. holly and white of at the garden is the concept of ' pine. As it turns out the temperate eli- yin-yang or the balance of oppo- mates of northeast Asia and Eastern sites. Stones (yang) are the bones: U.S. regions are pretty similar- and plants (yin) are the flesh of a so the flora contain many identical Japanese garden. Together, they species and counterparts. The John create balance. And water? Well. . P. Humes garden does a nice job of that's the blood, say the folks at blending these two florae. John Humes stroll garden. And architecturally speaking, the lit- Another important aspect of the tie teahouse near the end of the path forms a remar~ably charming respite after having. passed through the path- ways. J~is portjQn of the garden strives to provide an atmosphere which resembles a retreat from world- ly problems. The design of the tea garden is mostly evergreen plants for their subdued atmosphere. A stone water basin is set nearby so that guests may cleanse themselves be- fore entering. To the rear is a bamboo and reed display area for bonsai and other demonstrations. The John P. Humes Japanese stroll gardens belong to the North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary and were given to them by Mr. Humes in 1980. Ambas- sador Humes and his wife came back from a trip to Japan in 1960 with a teahouse, a Japanese landscape gar- dener and the gardener's wife. Operated with funds from the Humes Foundation, financial manage- ment nowadays comes from the Gar- den ConseNancy, a national organi- zation working to preserve exception- al American gardens by facilitating their transition from private to non- profit ownership and operation. Mr. Morrell says they have a dedi- cated core group of Friends of the Garden but need support in the form of membership and volunteer assis- tance to keep the garden accessible to the public. Hopefully. he said, the garden can be open every Saturday next year. Membership in the Humes garden includes a seasonal newsletter, \The Stepping Stone ... Far information or to book tours call 676-4486. LOng Island Children's Museum Opens The Long Island Children's Muse- um. a new cultural and educational hands-on experience designed for children ages 2 through 12 and their families. opened Sunday, Nov. 21 in Garden City. The museum will pr9vide participatory activities in exhibits which exprore the arts, sciences, technology and community and world cultures. The museum is located at an inter- im site at 550 Stewart Avenue. occu- pying. more than 5,000 square feet of space donated by Long Island Light- ing Company (LILCO}. Museum offi- cials are currently working to obtain a permanent site. Cabtevlslon Systems Corporation, another major Long Island corporation. will sponsor \Communication Station,\ one of the five opening. exhibits. \Com- munication Station\ invites visitors to experiment with various means of sending and receiving information. and includes a small-scale News 12 Studio . . , where children can discover how tele- vision creates the illusion of reality. \LILCO is proud to be involved in the. develbJJMent of a community pro- ject of thi_s importance that will enrich ~he ·lives of thousands of Long rsrand families, .. said Dr .. William Catacosi- nos, chairman and CEO of LILCO.' In addition to .. Communication Sta- tion/' four other exhibits will be fea- tured at the Garden City site. They are: • What If You Couldn't? . . . Devel- oped by the Boston Children's Muse- um~ this exhibit gives children the op- portunity to \experience\ the chal- lenges encountered by people with various disabilities. Funding for this exhibit was provided by NYNEX. • Working On The Railroad invites visitors to punch their own tickets and board a train to the imagination, where they can learn about signals, steam engines and train music and take a video trip from Jamaica to Montauk. This exhibit was created with the help of the Long Island Rail Road. • stART emphasizing individual ex- pression and group interaction, this large-scale sculpture made from ev- eryday objects and re.cycled materi- als gives kids the chance to partici- pat~ in an ongoing, collaborative art project. • Bubbles • created by the Boston Children's Museum, with funding from the National Science Foundation, re- veals basic principles of engineering, architecture, biology and geometry. ActivitieS include making bubble · screens. bubble cubes, bubble hon- eycombs and other unusual shapes .. The Long Island Chifdren's Museum wilt also feature special events, such as performances, workshops. story- times and multi-cultural celebrations. The Long Island Children's Museum is a not-for-profit corporation char- tered by the New York State Board of Regents. The founding board of trustees is comprised of Long Island parents. educators. artists and busi- ness leaders. Santa In A Bucket A holiday parade througb Huntington last week, put on by the merchants of the village, featured Brownies, Girl Scouts, goats disguised as reindeer, ladles with chlckan hats, a petting mo and even Santa In a bucket - fire truck bucket, that Is.