Sister Cities Serenity Garden
at the Idaho Falls Public Library
This area can be used for quiet meditation and the wonder of new discovery, but it is certainly more than a garden. Out Sister Cities Serenity Garden, designed by Mike Zaladonis, created a peaceful, living environment for all who enter the Idaho Falls Public Library. Look closely and you will see that the Garden shares some of the symbols you connect with the Library.
There are two Japanese lanterns in this garden. The lanterns are places at the entrance to important building, lighting the path for travelers. Our garden's lanterns, places on the ground level of the library, light the up-wards path to knowledge.
Water basin and dipper
Ancient people believed that a man is not ready to take in new information until he has a clean mind and body. Take time to cleanse your mind of any negative thoughts that might keep you from learning something new, seeing a different solution or reaching your fill potential.
A pond is a source of purification and cool refreshment. Renewed by a stream and waterfall, our pond is ever changing but always the same, like pure truth. as we learn, we see truth reflecting differently in each of our lives, but the truths themselves stay constant unchanged. you will fine may truths here. How you apply them is up to you.
Sand and pebble fields
Sand and pebble fields are common features in Japanese gardens. They are a peaceful clean place to sit and meditate. Each grain of sand or pebbly stands for an ancestor or friend who has influence our life in small and large ways. Influences can come from living people and from authors, characters, and relative long past. Take a moment to remember those one who have influenced you.
There are many large stones throughout this garden. Large stones in all cultures symbolize firm foundation. The stones in our garden represent the firm foundation of knowledge needed to form new thoughts and ideas.
Find the classics you love, standing tall and rooted like good shade trees. Feel the excitement of new growth. Like new spring leaves, new stories and innovative media arrive at the Library regularly.
Just like the trees and plants in our garden, the Library is always growing and changing.
Rediscover the Idaho Falls Public Library!