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:
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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We have a free podcast that is published every 3 or 4 weeks on all sorts of aspects of Japanese gardens and Japanese gardening at home in a garden or yard.
Boundaries are very important in a Japanese garden or a Zen style garden and this edition of the podcast is all about the importance of boundaries in a Japanese garden – essential to distinguish the garden itself from the outside world.
Take a listen here….
To get more help, ideas, tips and practical examples on how you can easily and quickly create a stunning Japanese garden space at home please take a look at The Express Japanese Garden Club.
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!
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!
Thanks for visiting my Japanese gardens Blog and thanks also for your continued interactivity. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with comments and queries. Joanne Marshall from California sent me a mail asking if Japanese gardens are indeed totally original?
The answer is not as simple as it may seem but scholars and Japanese garden history does suggest that the idea and designs of Japanese gardens were infact imported as an idea, and copied into Japan following the opening of ‘relations’ between China and Japan around 607 AD . There are records of special gardens in China from as early as 140 BC. these things have been around for a long while, and, because of enthusiasts all over the world will be around for a good deal of time to come!!
If you would like to share your knowledge and experience with my readers please get in touch and I will give you a forum via this Blog.
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Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese” at www.turnyourgardenjapanese.com – it is available at Amazon’s Kindle service but as a visitor to my website you can get it absolutely FREE.
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Stones and Rocks in a Japanese garden are a principle ingredient whether they are included in one of the many Japanese garden styles or a Zen style garden more popularly referred to as a Japanese Rock Garden. But, did you know that there are types of ‘Bad’ stones that should never be used in a Japanese garden?
Well, there are! They can be put into essentially 3 categories:
1)The Diseased Stone– these are withered stones or maybe have a misshapen top
2)The Dead Stone-this is stone that is obviously a vertical one used as a horizontal one, or vice versa.
3)The Pauper Stone-this is a stone that has no connection to the other stones in the garden.
When going ahead making a Japanese garden a little knowledge can really help. Like anything a simple explanation helps you get the results that you need . I’m guessing that the idea of a Japanese garden in your yard or garden – a place of serenity and calm at one with nature – appeals to you?
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