The Schedel’s began construction of the Japanese Garden in the late 1950’s. It includes many of the elements typically found in Japanese gardens but does not follow strict design principals for any given style — rather, it represents the Schedel’s interpretation. There is a 30′ foot waterfall, stream feature, bridges and a Torii gate. All are significant symbols in Asian culture. The Schedel’s aquired and brought several different pagodas and lanterns that are displayed here, including on large pagoda where the Schedel’s ashes are interred. More than 20 varieties of Japanese maple trees and many unusual species of confers make this area of the gardens their home.