On September 22, 2010, visualgardener from Frederick, MD wrote:
An interesting and neat detour if you're around central Philly, especially for architecture-lovers.
The house was perfectly lovely -- painted screens and all. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly about the culture, history, and finer points of Japanese houses.
The gardens are well-kept -- all the trees were carefully reigned in and picked over. The koi pond, while murky (and as someone who keeps them, this is perfectly forgiveable) was astounding in size, and the koi themselves are colorful and well-kept.
A couple tips, though: wear socks, or you will be wearing paper contraptions to keep dirt out of the house itself. And as for when to go, I would aim for the early end of iris season. There are thick stands of aquatic and japanese iris all along the pond and around the property. Seeing these in bloom would be a real treat.