Japanese Gardens

30 Years In The Making – Stunning Japanese Garden

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Here’s is our Pinterest page and board for a stunning private Japanese garden in the UK, tucked away out of site but a garden that has taken 30 years to imagine and create – so many beautiful features that are so well thought out.

Take a look by CLICKING HERE

If you are thinking of making a Japanese garden then this garden would be a great one to get some ideas from!

Japanese Garden – Plants , Shrubs and Trees

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When making a Japanese garden you will have to decide what types of shrubs, plants and trees that you would like and very importantly find out whether they are suited to the climate where you live.

Maples for example are a staple of most types of Japanese gardens and there are types that can survive in even the coldest temperatures.

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This detailed information on Japanese garden plants , tree and shrubs is part of the content at http://www.expressjapanesegardenclub.com our website that shows you easily and in simple to understand steps what you need to do AND avoid when creating a Japanese garden at home in your garden or yard.

Find out here about what to plant and get inspired by reading this section of the Express Japanese garden club for absolutely free.

CLICK HERE for our valuable help and information on the do’s and dont’s of Plants ,Shrubs and Trees in a Japanese garden. it’s 15 pages of quality content to help you realise your dreams of a Japanese garden at home.

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!

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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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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Japanese Gardens Original Or Imported?

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Thanks for visiting my Japanese gardens Blog  and thanks also for your continued interactivity. Please feel free to email me at zeniboltd@aol.com 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.

For more information about Japanese Gardens take a look at my FREE book ’11
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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The Elements Of Japanese Gardens

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A typical Japanese garden contains several of the following elements, they can be real or just symbolic, here are a few pointers although you can watch a short video on Things To Know About Japanese Gardens by clicking here: : http://youtu.be/ExKZSfbQW7o

Elements: Water, an island, possibly a bridge to an island, a teahouse or kind of pavillion and a lantern usually made of stone- you will notice on the lantern picturs that I have posted that it has a a large ‘roof’- this is designed to catch and hold a ‘cap’ of snow. Stunningly beautiful as I am sure that you can imagine!

Styles of Japanese gardens fall into a number of areas:

1) Sitting gardens- for viewing from inside a building or a veranda.

2) Pond gardens- ideally for viewing from a boat.

3) Tea gardens-these are viewed from a path which always leads to a kind of ceremonial tea hut.

4) Strolling gardens-distinctly unique and often breathtakingly beautiful, the idea is that you view them from a path which circumnavigates the entire garden design and structure.

Most Japanese gardens in the West , as well as within Japan, are ‘dry’ or ‘rock’ gardens known as ‘Karesansui’ . Tea gardens-are often designed to follow the tradition and history of the Tea masters- they are often highly refined gardens refelecting rural simplicity.

Japanese gardens in a traditional style can be found all over the world in private residences, parks, Buddhist temples or Shinto shrines. Many historical landmarks such as castles can be host to Japanese gardens too.

I have put together a short informative video on ’40 Things To Know About Japanese Gardens’

Take a look :

Imagine how beautiful just a few of the traditional elements of a Japanese garden would look in your yard or garden! Grab a copy of our FREE book ’11 Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese’ and get inspired and started…you will love the results and we’ve done all the hard work for you!

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