In winter, the garden is notable for its "yukitsuri" — ropes attached in a conical array to carefully support tree branches in the desired arrangements, thereby protecting the trees from damage caused by heavy snows. The 12th lord Narinaga created the garden's winding streams with water drawn from the Tatsumi Waterway. The 13th lord Nariyasu subsequently added more streams and expanded the Kasumi Pond.
Kenroku-en contains roughly 8,750 trees, and 183 species of plants in total.
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