Shoto-Teien Japanese Gardens in Sioux Falls
One of our favorite spots to relax in Sioux Falls is the Shoto-Teien Japanese Gardens in Terrace Park. It’s a beautiful little space, right on the shore of Covell Lake. The gardens are absolutely beautiful, especially during mid-summer when the flowers and tree blossoms are in full bloom.
This past weekend, we decided to visit the gardens for a picnic with our daughter. We packed up some sandwiches, juice boxes and our favorite snacks in our classic wooden picnic basket. Lily decided to bring a bunch of her babies from home for a “tea party” style picnic and afterward we fed the ducks, geese and Koi fish.
At the Shoto-Teien Japanese Gardens there are a variety of places to sit in the shade and picnic or enjoy the view. There is a bamboo-constructed shelter near the entrance, pictured in both images (above and below), as well as concrete gazebo-style structures like the room in red that you see above. The space is also pet-friendly and has plenty of wildlife for animal lovers.
There is actually a path extending all the way around the lake and through the Japanese Gardens, so it’s also a spot frequented by avid walkers and joggers.
About the Shoto-Teien Japanese Gardens
The Japanese Gardens are located at Terrace Park in Sioux Falls. The gardens are a unique experience with exotic flowers, trees, pagodas, and lanterns set in the scenic landscape of Covell Lake.The Japanese Gardens were built from 1928 to 1936 near Covell Lake.
For years the Japanese Gardens had been allowed to deteriorate until they were in very bad condition. A group of people wanted the gardens restored, and they formed a not-for-profit organization called the Shoto-Teien, which means whispering pines in Japanese.
In 1986, they approached the City of Sioux Falls Park Department with their ideas for renovation of the gardens, and received approval for their plans. A well-known Japanese garden landscape architect, Professor Koichci Kawana, was hired to advise the committee on design features.
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