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The Japanese Garden

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Unable to wait another minute, D.C. Tillman repeated his wife’s name until she awoke. “What!” she reacted.  “Honey, I’ve decided I’m going to build a Japanese garden in Van Nuys.”  “That’s nice,” she squeezed through her yawn.

Though I’ve invented this tale, it’s easy to believe this was the announcement of the garden’s invention because such a surreal environment feels nothing short of a midnight inspiration.

Either way, Tillman had decided and Dr. Koichi Kawana was hired to design the garden.  The designs were complete in 1970, but it wasn’t until 1979 that the city agreed to spend the 3 million dollars needed to complete the project.

D.C. Tillman is the former city engineer after whom the property’s water reclamation plant is named.  The plant recycles 25 Million Gallons per Day of reclaimed water.  Some of the recycled water is used in the Japanese Garden.

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