Japanese Touch for Your Garden

By Kiyoshi Seiki


Here is a concise introduction to the practical aspects of making a Japanese garden.

Whether your garden is a spacious suburban lot, an office courtyard, or a tiny inner-city backyard, you will find here hundreds of creative but time-honoured ways to make maximum use of the space you have. You will learn how to lay stones and pathways and how to create intriguing sand patterns like the ones in Zen temple gardens. You will learn about Japanese lanterns, miniature pagodas, water basins, gates, and walls, and will be shown step by step how to make a bamboo lattice fence. Notes on the care of bamboo, moss, and grass are provided as are names of native North American plants and trees that can be substituted for conventional Japanese varieties. Schematic layout plans, detailed how-to explanations, and over 130 colour photographs of Japanese gardens old and new give you ideas for endless variations. Thoroughly up-to-date in its approach and based on the principle that a garden must satisfy the gardener, not a set of inflexible guidelines, this book encourages you to choose freely from the wide range of traditional Japanese design elements that suit your needs and tastes.

Whether you live in the country, city, or somewhere in between, you will discover here numerous ways to transform–simply, inexpensively, and with your own two hands–that back porch, corridor, or yard into an intimate, tranquil oasis, one that will reward your planning and work with a rich and ever-changing beauty.

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