Japanese zen gardens
The highly influential Sukiya Living Magazine ( The Journal Of Japanese Gardens) has done a detailed survey of all of America’s 300 plus Japanese gardens.
They have settled on a top 25 list that satisfy a number of criteria. The primary reason for the survey , which has been in exsistence since 1999, is to give pointers to journal readers on which gardens are worth visiting. Another facet of the judging is to recognise gardens where a lot of care and attention as well as effort has been displayed.
Last summer JOJG distributed a questionnaire to 41 Japanese garden specialists. The letter posed the question :”What are the highest-quality public Japanese gardens located in America?”
Judges felt natural beauty and subtleness were very important as well as human scale and moderation.
Sukiya Magazine wrote:
The race for the top two positions was nearly a dead heat. In the end, Anderson Gardens (photo above) nosed out the Portland Japanese Garden as North America’s highest-quality garden. This will be earth-shaking news for many people. Seven new gardens appeared on the list, with Arkansas’ Garvan Woodland Gardens being the top-ranked newcomer. Maine’s Asticou Garden and The Bloedel Reserve both rose sharply in the rankings, demonstrating an increasing willingness among pros to emphasize quality over size.
So well done Anderson Japanese gardens as it is no mean feat to push Portland Japanese garden into second place in anything!
Here is the complete Top 25 Japanese gardens in America poll results for 2013:
2. Portland Japanese Garden
5. The Bloedel Reserve
6. Seattle Japanese Garden
7. JACCC Los Angeles
9. Carleton College
11. Asticou Garden (Maine)
12. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
13. Missouri Botanical Garden
14. San Mateo Japanese Garden
15. Garvan Woodland Gardens
16. Amherst College
17. San Diego Tech Center
18. Denver Botanic Gardens
19. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
20. Montreal Botanic Garden
21. Hakone Gardens
23. East-West Center
24. Nishinomiya Garden (Spokane)
25. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Do You Dream Of Your Own Japanese Garden At Home?
Japanese gardens are nature in minature and that is exactly why they are perfect for small spaces and areas at your home. You can change the whole llook and feel of your yard with a calming and serene Japanese style garden. They are not as complicated as you may think and having one will not break the bank!
After years of studying Japanese gardens and Zen gardens as well as running webistes like this one . I put into action my plans for a relatively small space Japanese garden in my rear garden at home. I sketched the plans to approximate scale and got on with making my dream a reality!
YOU can do the same with ANY size space at your home and the peace and tranquility that it will bring to your life will be well worth the effort I can assure you.
Here is a picture oh the first phase of my Japanese garden.
I filmed all of my building processes , explaining EXACTLY what to do in each stage of the gardens development. You can watch my garden take shape in the video series below, it’s a SHORT CUT to learning about Japanese garden design and I have kept it very simple for you:
AFTER thinking about the other elements around my Japanese garden area and using my Japanese garden design knowledge I came up with a plan that I am really excited about for PHASE TWO of my Japanese garden space.
It will be a HILL and DRY Water garden ( sometimes called a Hill and Pond garden). It will feature bamboo, boxus shrubs, lily’s, Crab apple, Azealeas, oriental grasses, rocks – large and small , a lantern and a dry river bed that shows the flow of the water downhill – a really neat trick within Japanese gardening for those people who do not want a ‘wet’ water feature. You can easily adapt what I am going to do for your garden too!
In this video I take you around my exsisting garden and tell you what I am going to do in PHASE TWO – I hope it inspires you and that you find it interesting! Take a look:
Hopefully, I have shown you that to have your own Japanese garden space, however large or samll, should not be anything to worry and stress about. Make a start after you have sketched a plan first – thats my first big tip! It really focuses the mind and the eyes.
You can grab a free copy of my latest Japanese garden design book by CLICKING HERE , the book is called ’11 Simple Ways To Turn Your Garden Japanese’ and is full of neat tricks and ideas for turning a bare and barren spot in your yard or garden into a haven of tranquility and peacefulness.There is a nice short video for you to check out as well.
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’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…
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