11 Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese

A Japanese Garden In Springtime…

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David M Cobb is the world’s foremost photgrapher of Japanese gardens. It’s what he does and he’s very famous for it.

If you haven’t experienced David’s unique talent then take a look at this BLOG entry – he has been out and about photographing a Japanese garden in Spring – one of the most magical times of the year to do so. Enjoy!

Hear Our interview with David HERE

David Cobb took all the pictures for a great book called 'Quiet Beauty - The Japanese Gardens of North America['
David Cobb took all the pictures for a great book called ‘Quiet Beauty – The Japanese Gardens of North America
David M Cobb Portland Japanese garden in the fall.
David M Cobb Portland Japanese garden in the fall.

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David’s images will hopefully inspire you to think about having your own Japanese garden in a small space! It’s a lot easier than you may think and our free book ’11 Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese’ will show you exactly how and give you lots of inspiration too!

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This Is Perfect If You Would Like Your Own SERENE Calm Japanese Garden…

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Thanks for visiting my Japanese garden blog and I hope that you can enjoy a few minutes looking through the treasure trove of Japanese garden information on here.

I love them as much as you do and I have been writing about Japanese gardens for nearly 15 years. I wanted to write a book that would help people understand Japanese gardens and perhaps more importantly share ideas and tips for creating their own Japanese garden space at home no matter how much space they had available.

This is the book that I put together and I am certain that you will find it very useful.You can download it now by CLICKING HERE

http://www.turnyourgardenjapanese.com/book

Stones and Rocks in Japanese Gardens – Latest Podcast

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Every few weeks we release a new ‘Turn Your Garden Japanese Podcast’ . This is episode 6 in the series designed to help listeners understand Japanese gardens and help them when making a Japanese garden.

This episode of the ‘Turn Your Garden Japanese Podcast’ is all about one of the most important elements in Japanese gardens and Japanese Zen gardens STONES & ROCKS.

If you have ever visited a Japanese garden you cannot have been failed to be impressed by their use, look and perhaps their meaning.
Stones and Rocks can be small, medium, large or VERY large – for example huge stones are often added to a garden design by crane and precisely placed at set angles and in keeping with Japanese garden tradition must always be in the same place.
I know of one famous Japanese garden where every year a specialist flies in from Kyoto to check that the positioning of certain large rocks have not moved – if they have then they have to be placed into their original position. Japanese gardens are precise nature.
If you would like a Japanese style garden then this short podcast will give you a really good grounding on what stones and rocks to use and WHY they are so important in Japanese gardens.
As Japanese gardening is nature in miniature please don’t be putt off by the thought of getting a crane to put rocks in your yard or garden – you can use much smaller rocks and stones to great effect.
Listen now by clicking the link below to access our media player below:

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/vecm8-56cfc3?skin=102

 
You can claim a copy of our book ’11 Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese’ by CLICKING HERE – tips, help, advice and all things Japanese gardens explained.

Zen Gardens ….Serene And Perfect Beauty….Our Latest Japanese Garden Podcast

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If you ever wondered why a Zen garden is like it is OR what they mean and their historical background then my monthly Podcast should interest you as the latest episode is all about Japanese Zen gardens or Karesansui gardens as they are known in Japan. You can listen to it for free ( of course!) by clicking on the player below:

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/atuse-563f3c

Zen gardens come in all shapes and sizes but follow very rigid principles.

They can be built in a large or small space and are ideal for meditation. Peaceful sanctuaries in a hurly burly world.

The smallest one that I have seen was actually so tiny that it fitted in an egg shell! Other Zen gardens that you may have seen include the small desktop ones that people like to have to keep them stress free at work for example.

Nice as they may appear it is much better to make a Japanese style garden in a slightly bigger space.

In Zen gardens wooden dowling rakes create swirls and shapes that are used to create the illusion of water in ‘dry’ water lakes and seas usually made of sand or gravel.

Zen gardens typically imitate actual landscapes. You will see from the picture above how the land and ‘sea’ replicate an actual panorama of landscape. Sometimes in Japanese gardening this principle is used and it is called ‘Borrowed scenery’ – the copying of real or for that matter imaginary landscapes.

Got a small area in your yard or a roof terrace? Why not create your own ‘Zen’ space? It’s easier to do than you think!

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Our book ’11 Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese’ will give you lots of inspiration and ideas to really invigorate an unused area in your yard or garden. CLICK HERE to claim your copy today…and of course a big part of it is how to create a stunning Japanese Zen garden!

The ultimate way to create a Japanese garden in a small space!

Listen To The ‘Turn Your Garden Japanese ‘ Podcast..

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Hi thanks for stopping by my blog for folks interested in Japanese gardens at home – whatever the size of yard or garden that you have! Anything is possible and most certainly doable!

I have recently set up a podcast – an audio kind of newsletter and tutorial to listen to – for making a Japanese garden and it is here – click on the link below :

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/w6iap-53e187/initByJs/1/auto/1?skin=3

This is first episode and I plan to do one podcast at least per month. I will post the links on this site so please comback and grab them over the next few weeks and months. The first ‘Turn Your Garden Japanese’ podcast will be on the subject of plants to use in a Japanese garden, bamboo and Acers and Maples – all ingredients that are perfect for a small Japanese garden at home. Like this one for example:

Yes! you can do something similar to this!
Yes! you can do something similar to this!

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Making A Japanese Garden – ‘Edging’ An Important Thing To Do

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In a Japanese garden and its design principles you will often hear about ‘flow’. A Japanese garden has to be something with a clean and crisp visual appearance and ‘flow’ – this is so everything appears to naturally follow on in the viewers eyes. Think of it as ‘visual tidiness’.

Edging is used in all sort of gardens all over the world but in a Japanese garden , when placed properly and with the right materials, it can really be highly effective. You could have a borderline between the garden and other parts of your space if you are just utilising a small area. A borderline can also be used to give paths an edge too.

In a Japanese garden you can use all sorts of edging materials. Cast stone, Bamboo, edging stones, slate, bricks and even an iron fence.

Slate because of its different shades will provide clean lines in your project when making a Japanese garden. Terracotta is also one of the top edging ingredients used because of its shade of colour. Stone can be used for edging a pond or a smaller building.

In a Japanese garden gravel can be used as either a pathway OR as a border to give a distinguishing line between areas. The use of bricks is becoming more common in Japanese garden design and not as a straight line laid out going one way or another. Bricks can be laid in all sorts of ways to make the garden interesting – so do not be afraid to experiment.

Concrete can be moulded easily for any kind of edging look that you want to achieve. River rock gives a totally natural feel to eding and cast stone is sometimes used as an alternative for natural rock.

Edging with bamboo is a way of creating some intricate edging for the garden. Simply, cut the can of the bamboo to the height that you want and bury in the ground for quick and effective results.

Sometimes, metal fencing is added to Japanese gardens as some people feel that its addition adds a certain amount of elegance.

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Japanese gardens are famous for their peace and tranquility so remember the colour and style of the edging that you choose NEEDS to match and follow the natural flow of the garden. A couple of good tips – a Japanese garden is all about nature, so when making a Japanese garden if you do some edging with rocks don’t make them all the same size because in nature that simply wouldn’t happen. Spread the rocks around in different sizes. The same goes with trees or shrubs – think NATURAL in your design thoughts and you should find that the ideas flow quickly and naturally for your design.

Here are some images of edging in a Japanese garden.

 

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Making A Japanese Garden – Water Features…

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Thanks for reading my Japanese Gardens Blog once again.

Water sources in Japanese gardens should appear as natural as possible and blend in with the surroundings. Riverbeds, streams, ponds and larger areas of water are common.

A pond for example has to be natural in shape – if you have a rectangular Koi pond then this would appear out of place in a Japanese garden landscape. Koi and Koi ponds is a very important section of certain types of Japanese gardens.

Fountains do not exists in Japanese gardens, waterfalls yes, but fountains no. They are man made and not ‘natural’ in appearance. Don’t get me wrong I am not ‘fountainist’ it’s just with Japanese gardens there are certain rules that have to be observed. If you really wanted a fountain in a Japanese garden, it’s not a heinous crime but your garden would not be wholly authentic!

Streams– nearly always man-made are a big part of Japanese gardening, they often are built with curves giving them a more natural appearance. The positioning of lanterns is more often than not by streams or ponds within a garden. This represents the female and the male elements of ‘water’ and ‘fire’.

This concept is known in Japanese tradition as YIN and YANG.

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Dry water is also very common in Japanese gardens, and they are equally eye catching too.’Dry’ gardens are sometimes referred to as Japanese Rock Gardens but their real name is Karesansui.

Sand and gravel are the principle ingredients and depict ‘wet’ water within an often miniature landscape making this type of garden ideal for indoors and outdoors. Everybody finds water and water features soothing and de-stressing so why not learn how to have your own – simply, cheaply and effectively. You won’t regret it either I can assure you!

To find out more about water as an element of a Japanese garden and the use of ‘dry’ water take a look at my book – it’s a compendium of everything you need to know about these beautiful gardens and will show you exactly how to have your own STUNNING Japanese garden space at home can be found at http://www.turnyourgardenjapanese.com/book.

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Grab your copy by CLICKING HERE it’s perfect for anyone keen on making a Japanese garden.

It has everything you need to get creating a Japanese garden easily and simply explained with plans, video’s and specific projects for Japanese gardens and Zen gardens ( Dry gardens featuring sand, gravel , stones and rocks)