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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.


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)



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Japanese Garden Newsletter – Its FREE and WILL Help You To Have Your Own Japanese Garden At Home

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I have a Japanese garden newsletter called ‘The Japanese Garden Bulletin’.

I decided to launch it a few months ago specifically for people who wnated to learn all about Japanese gardens and HOW to have their own calming, stress free and beautiful Japanese garden space at home.

You DO NOT need a lot of money to do it  and you DO NOT need a lot of space. Japanese gardens reflect nature in miniature! So, if you only have a SMALL space it is no problem at all!

The reaction I get is great and the information that I provide is highly relevant and top quality. I would LOVE you to be part of my online Japanese garden community by reading ‘The Japanese Garden Bulletin ‘ Newsletter.

The Japanese Garden Bulletin Newsletter launches in January 2013
The Japanese Garden Bulletin Newsletter launched in January 2013

SIGN UP FOR ‘The Japanese Garden Bulletin ‘ ( It is a complimentary service AND you get a free copy of my book ‘Japanese Gardens Revealed and Explained’ – just CLICK HERE TO START

A Bonsai and Bamboo Garden In Norway

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A recent trip to Norway provided me with the chance to visit perhaps the most northerly tropical garden area in Europe.

Just off the coast of Stavanger is a truly remarkable garden, that you MUST visit should you ever be in the area. The garden spreads out over 20 acres and features a bonsai and bamboo garden area complete with rocks, ponds, waterfalls and a lot more.


I have put together a series of photgraphs from my visit on Pinterest and you can see the photographs by CLICKING HERE.

Look closely at the spacing of the elements – less is more in a Japanese garden and the use of shrubs, plants, trees and rocks very sparingly merely adds to the viewing pleasure and can give you some really good ideas for your own Japanese garden space at home.

This Norwegian Japanese garden oasis has everything in it  – Koi, water features, bamboo, Acers / Maples, rock formations, Bonsai, beautifully chosen and positioned low level shrubs. A very important Japanese garden in Europe and it was a pleasure to visit.

Simplicity and balance is the key for a relaxing and eye catching beautiful Japanese garden! You can get some really good ideas for designing and creating a Japanese garden from my latest book on the subject. It is FREE and called ’11 Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese’ CLICK HERE to claim your complimentary copy.

Claim Your FREE Copy OF My New Book ’11 Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese’

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Well it’s FREE so it can’t be worth anything! I forgive you for thinking that if you did…

My new book has launched in the last 24 hours and it is for a limited time yours for no cost. I will naturally be charging $14.97 a copy in the near future so this is a great opportunity for you to get your copy now.

’11 Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese’ is for people like you who are interested in Japanese gardens and who want a Japanese garden style space at their home and don’t want to break the bank!

I have built my own garden and I am extending it with some of the techniques in my book this spring. Japanese gardens are beautiful, balanced, serene, tranquil and hugely satisying to have. It is in plain English and you get specific ideas and plans and even a whole project idea.

If you only have a small space this is the perfect book to inspire you to finally have your dream space in your garden or yard. This is the book for you…

Free for a LIMITED time
Claim Your Free Copy Now

CLICK HERE to find out more and get my book. PLUS you will automatically be sent my newsletter ‘The Japanese Garden Bulletin’ which includes a few more surprises over the coming weeks and features articles, videos, design tips, access to  Japanese garden and Zen gardens magazines and that is just for starters!

CLICK HERE TO GET THE BOOK ‘ 11 Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese’

“Thankyou for your new book, it will help many Japanese garden enthusiasts for a wide range of reasons” – Martin (Australia)

“Thanks so much, Russ. I am really looking forward to reading your book this weekend. I have long aspired to creating a Japanese style garden in my small Johannesburg town house garden but to date have been paralysed by indecision! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and passion” – Elaine (South Africa)