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A Guide to Evaluating and Restoring
This handy guidebook is the first practical introduction to
identifying, evaluating, buying and restoring Japanese Furniture

Traditional Japanese Furniture: A Definitive Guide
Japanese Cabinetry: the Art & Craft of Tansu $60,00

The Japanese House $27.97

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Gardens of the Spirit: Create Your Own Sacred Spaces
by Roni Jay

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Book Description: Create a bit of heaven on earth by arranging and tending one of several beautiful gardens that nourish the soul as well as please the eyes. Erect a tranquil Japanese Zen garden, or master the art of the fruit- and rose-filled Islamic garden; an Italian Renaissance garden filled with statuary; and a sacred medieval Christian garden. Or set up your own healing garden complete with all the medicinal herbs. Gorgeous full-color photos capture the splendor of acclaimed gardens from all around the world. "'On earth as in heaven,' a line from the Lord's Prayer, would fit in well here in relation to the spirit of this lovely book. That the appeal of creating a space of temporal contemplation, or a portion of a long-lost paradise, should be so universal is not so unusual. Author Jay has covered, in swift order, the major influences in garden design, from medieval to Zen, with appropriate illustrations and photographs that steal one's gaze. Here and there, shards of garden lore spice things up...With helpful and informative bits of information at the end of each chapter, this is a fine book for taking the first steps into one's own garden of the spirit."--Booklist. "Gardens of the Spirit is your guide to creating a personal paradise."--St. Petersburg Times. "Of special interest are designs of each type of garden that you can create yourself...a fascinating and essential book."--Newark Star-Ledger.

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The Inward Garden: Creating a Place of Beauty and Meaning
by Julie Moir Messervy, Sam Abell (Photographer)


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Describing a new movement in landscape design, the author invites readers to look within themselves, use their imaginations, and create an original garden that is beautiful and personally meaningful--a garden that reflects the soul.





The Inward Garden: Creating a Place of Beauty and Meaning

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The Art of Spiritual Rock Gardening,
Donna E. Schaper, Simon Dorrell

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"...full of spirit, intellect and passion, Donna Schaper takes us with her as she walks and works in her garden."

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"Simon Dorrell is one of England's premier garden painters."
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The Art of Spiritual Rock Gardening, Donna E. Schaper, Simon Dorrell
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The Sanctuary Garden: Creating a Place of Refuge in Your Yard or Garden
by Christopher Forrest McDowell, et al

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For many gardeners, gardening is a moving meditation that brings peace and deep relaxation. At times, however, repetitive chores can feel more stressful than soothing. The authors of The Sanctuary Garden remind us that being in the garden (as opposed to active gardening) is a way to honor the intrinsic relatedness of people and plants. To help us get beyond our busyness, they identify seven key design elements that can turn a garden into a living retreat or sanctuary. A special entrance marks our departure from the mundane world. Water, the symbol of life, brings flow and reflection to the garden. The thoughtful use of color and the play of light can be contrived to deliberately evoke emotions--peace, comfort, awe, and respect. Natural features like sculptural rocks, wind song, and fragrance can become focal points for our attention. Artwork that supports the desired feelings can be integrated into our plantings. Finally, we can create attractive habitat for birds, pollinators, and animals. Sharing the garden with nature--not just plants--broadens our sense of connectedness to the natural world in a wholesome, healing way. The book creates a challenge: where is your sanctuary? Answering that may expand both your garden and your spirit. --Ann Lovejoy

The Sanctuary Garden: Creating a Place of Refuge in Your Yard or Garden

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Monet's Passion: Ideas, Inspiration and Insights from the Painter's Gardens
by Elizabeth Murray


There are several other books about Claude Monet's (1840-1926) world famous garden. What distinguishes this one is that the author, who was a gardener here, writes about it in such an inspiring way that the readers travel to Giverny, France, to experience it themselves.



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Cultivating Sacred Space
Gardening for the Soul

by Elizabeth Murray

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This is a book about the spiritual and emotional rewards of gardening. Murray, a garden designer, painter, and author of Monet's Passion: Ideas, Inspiration and Insights from the Painter's Gardens (Pomegranate, 1989), divides the book into four sections (for each season) and covers a different aspect in each section. The first, Winter, examines the gardener's relationship with nature and profiles seven paintings throughout history that illustrate this theme. Spring then presents glossary-type entries that define individual elements of the garden. The Summer section is the largest part of the book, and here Murray visits 12 gardens (public and private) that successfully show how the garden can bring serenity into our lives. She uses the final section, Fall, to discuss how the garden can be used for personal ceremonies. Here she talks about the role the garden played in her own wedding ceremony. Beautifully illustrated with exceptional photographs, Murray's unique book includes a bibliography, a reading list, and a list of gardens to visit. Recommended for all gardening and spiritual collections. Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Cultivating Sacred Space
Gardening for the Soul

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The Magic Land: Designing Your Own Enchanted Garden

by Julie Moir Messervy, Barbara M. Berger (Illustrator)
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Advance Praise from Yo-Yo Ma, Thomas Moore and Carol Stocker for THE MAGIC LAND: Designing Your Own Enchanted Garden by Julie Moir Messervy, author of THE INWARD GARDEN and CONTEMPLATIVE GARDENS.

"Every Page of this book is filled with magic. Julie Moir Messervy leads us on imaginative journeys, showing us how to create our own dream gardens. Julie and I collaborated for several years to turn a Bach Suite into a Music Garden. Now, with this book, Julie collaborates with readers, offering practical as well as inspirational advice on garden design. THE MAGIC LAND is a delight!"

Yo-Yo Ma, Cellist

"When you read The Magic Land you might launch into a new way of life. It treats the spaces and places of our lives as though they were connected to the geography of our dreams and the inner places where meaning is revealed. Julie Moir Messervy's observations are thoughtful, solid and practical as she teaches us charmingly how to make a garden with deep imagination. She invites us into a world that is seriously magical and offers a way out of the mechanical, literal, uninspiring spaces peculiar to our time which, I am convinced, are behind our depressions and anxieties. So, not only are her gardens enchanting; they are places of true healing and re-creation."

Thomas Moore
Author of The Art of the Soul, Care of the Soul

"The Magic Land'' will open doors for intuitive gardeners who not only want suggestions on how to stamp of their personalities upon the land, but how to shape a place that will reawaken the wonder they felt at discovering the world for the first time. Succinctly encapsulating a lexicon of design philosophies from feng shui to Egyptian symmetry, this book presents so many resonant garden concepts that it could double as either a text book for design classes or as a companion for inspired daydreaming. Julie Moir Messervy is a spirit guide for those who want to explore the translation of emotions into garden designs."

Carol Stocker, The Boston Globe garden writer


Fairy Garden: Fairies of the Four Seasons - Tom Cross (Illustrator), Constance Barkley Lewis

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Once upon a time, only those who truly believed in fairies could see them dancing across the lawn, balancing upon a twisted limb, or frolicking among the flowers. But now, everyone can discover fairy magic, thanks to the cleverly creative work of illustrator Tom Cross and the clever verse of Constance Barkley Lewis.

In Fairy Garden: Fairies of the Four Seasons, Cross leads a sensory tour of one of the most magical places on Earth, the wonderful world of lavish gardens and fragrant blooms....

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Reviewer: An Aha! Experience from North Carolina
The fairy world according to Tom Cross is one of exquisite beauty. With his vivid imagination and talent for creating richly detailed illustrations, Mr. Cross took me on an intriguing tour of a garden inhabited by a variety of tiny winged characters whose personalities and wardrobes harmonize with their floral counterparts. His fairies portray innocence, curiosity, contentment, wonder, joy and whimsy. The simple eloquence of the accompanying poetry by Constance Barkley Lewis strengthened my wish that such a world exists. I can no longer work in my garden without searching for evidence of fairies among my flowers. Whether it's a freshly scrubbed ladybug, the tiny silhouette of a fiddle player, or a sleeping infant wrapped in a bud, my garden will never be the same.


Garden Retreats: Creating an Outdoor Sanctuary
by Barbara Blossom Ashmun, Allan Mandell (Photographer)

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The idea of garden as sanctuary is as old as the Garden of Eden, as allegorical as man crossing the desert in search of an oasis. Too often we get so caught up in landscaping, in making improvements, in the sheer work of a garden, that we forget to enjoy what we have created. In today's fast-paced world, where we wear our public face for more hours than ever before, the respite offered by a garden can be life-restoring. If there is one place that begs you to be unplugged and unwired, to seek refuge from fax machine and pager, it must be the garden. Garden Retreats author Barbara Blossom Ashmun and photographer Allan Mandell have provided instruction and inspiration to make it so.

Each garden pictured is as individual as the person who made it, yet there are common elements throughout the variety of gardens. These are gardens of the senses, emotion and spirit, offering a timeless quality that invites repose. Privacy and seclusion, intimacy and comfort are achieved in diverse ways, including fencing, lush plantings, art, and seating. A profusion of perennials encloses a Victorian-style arbor covered with roses, a moon-viewing pavilion rests along the shore of a smooth pond, a swing dangles temptingly from the branches of a spreading pin oak. These are gardens that invite you to sit, linger, dangle your hand in the water, quite literally to sniff the roses. You can well imagine how it feels to climb the stairs to the hut-on-stilts, draped in gauzy fabric and nestled into a natural woodland. Just reading the book lowers the blood pressure, stirs the senses, makes the trowel hand twitch. Many thanks to Ashmun, Mandell, and Chronicle Books for acknowledging the creator of each garden in photo captions--such beauty deserves attribution, as well as emulation. --Valerie Easton

Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends & Meditations (Living Legends of Our Lady) by Vincenzina Krymow, et al
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Growing Myself a Spiritual Journey Through Gardening
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Spiritual Gardening Cultivating Love Through Caring for Plants
Spiritual Gardening Cultivating Love Through Caring for Plants

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Oriental and Zen Gardening:

Sakuteiki Visions of the Japanese Garden

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Written by a Japanese court noble nearly 1,000 years ago, Sakuteiki, or Records of Garden Making, is the oldest known treatise on the art of Japanese garden design. This work delves into the culture and customs of ancient Japanese society, offering insight into the Japanese view of not only gardening, but of living life. In an era when even the art of setting stones was seen as a spiritually significant and aesthetically powerful act, Sakuteiki became a metaphor for the Japanese way of life.

The publication of Sakuteiki: Visions of the Japanese Garden is the first complete English translation of this classic work, and authors Jiro Takei and Marc P. Keane allow readers to discover the world of ancient Japanese garden design as it was originally transcribed. Extensive color and black and white illustrations place these elegant Japanese gardens in their proper context, illuminating the roles of religious tradition, nature, and spirituality in the arrangement of water, stones, and plants.

Takei and Keane's Sakuteiki is truly the bible of Japanese garden design. For any gardener with an affinity for the quiet elegance of Japanese gardens, it offers a window to the soul of the gardens that only a primary text can provide.


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Creating Japanese Gardens by Alvin Horton, Cedric Crocker, Ron Hildebrand (illustrator)

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Book description: You can have a garden with the sophisticated sense of design and naturalistic look of the Japanese style, using plants and materials available in North America. This book provides practical details for selecting and setting stones and plants, creating water features, and working with special accents to create a Japanese effect in your garden.

Reviewer: A reader from Sewickley, PA United States
I've bought several books on Japanese Gardens..., But this has been the most useful of all of them. Simple. A good introduction. I recommend it highly.



Creating Japanese Gardens by Philip Cave

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Creating Your Own Japanese Garden by Takashi Sawano

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Ortho's All About Creating Japanese Gardens

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Editorial Reviews: These days, people crave gardens that fill the soul and comfort the body. Japanese gardening answers those yearnings.

This book demonstrates how to...

• Create a feeling of sanctuary

• Make tranquil spaces

• Arrange plants and ornaments

Use centuries-old garden design techniques

• Emphasize personal taste

• Calm a busy lifestyle

• Inspire peace of mind

Reflect nature to create serenity

• Appropriate plant selections

• Traditional design

• Contemporary looks





Secret Teaching in the Art of Japanese Gardens by David Slawson

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful: An invaluable and in-depth resource, February 8, 2000
Reviewer: Douglas from The Netherlands
I have, over the years, collected a number of books on the art of Japanese Gardens. Most rely on glossy photos and provide very little written content on the complexities of Japanese garden composition. What sets this work apart is its depth and focus on unraveling the underlying design principles and its intent on providing a deeper understanding into the art of Japanese gardening. If you were looking for a purely visual reference I would advise you not purchase this book. If however you were searching for a scholarly study in the design aesthetics of Japanese gardens, I would give this book my strongest recommendation. Slawson begins with his experiences as a master gardener's apprentice in Japan and ends with a full translation of an ancient gardening manual used by Buddhist monks. Each page overflows with background, details and inspiration. He urges and inspires you not to transplant an existing garden design, but gives the reader the foundation to evolve a plan reflective of your own individual location and taste. By clearly dissecting the aesthetic principal behind Japanese garden design, the book succeeds in creating a truly inspirational guide. Have a highlighter and note pad ready from the first page of the acknowledgements to the comprehensive bibliography.




The Art of Japanese Gardens: Designing & Making Your Own Peaceful Space
by Herb Gustafson
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Review: (Amazon.com) Often gardeners become so enslaved to the work of maintenance and transformation that they neglect the meditative potential of their green space. Worrying over the details, the whole picture is sometimes lost. This is an attitude Herb Gustafson hopes to check in The Art of Japanese Gardens, a beautifully photographed book that creates in the reader a longing for total silence. Photographs of tranquil bridges, bright spidery Japanese maple leaves, and shimmering ponds are accompanied by unpretentious philosophical asides like "Our gardens can become a profound representation of the universe as a whole," and "We must pause to reflect on our journey thus far." Gustafson is not a stickler for historical detail: his notion of a "Japanese" garden is a hybrid of styles, some ancient, some modern. Chapters include "Boundaries," in which a variety of fences, walls, and gates are presented along with accessible descriptions of construction techniques. The third chapter explores that great dreamlike element of the traditional Japanese garden: the constant sound of running water, artificial streams where "we sit and are relaxed by the never-ending flow."

To truly carry out many of Gustafson's projects, the reader needs to be extremely handy, or planning on hiring a professional. It's also an ideal coffee-table book for the urban apartment dweller who needs to be reminded of peaceful spaces every once in a while, even when the "journey thus far" seems like a series of missed connections and splitting headaches. --Emily White

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A Japanese garden is, indeed, a thing of beauty and tranquility. Gustafson gives a multitude of ideas and suggestions for creating such a garden, but a rather large lot would be needed--not to mention the expense. In a chapter on boundaries, the author discusses the function of cedar and bamboo fences, safety rails, retaining walls, gates, and tile roofs. In a chapter on rocks, boulders, and stones, he writes about their uses in bridges, walkways, and paths. Water is a large part of Japanese... (read more at Amazon)




Themes in the History of the Japanese Garden by Wybe Kuitert
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Book Description: Japanese gardens are fascinating expressions of landscape art. Their beauty speaks to everyone. What is behind this beauty? Why do the gardens of Japan speak to us so strongly? This volume delves into questions of beauty and ideas of nature expressed in the visual and literary arts of Japan as well as notions of taste and creativity in garden making. It goes beyond the popular understanding of Japanese gardens and locates them in a larger social and cultural context, revealing not only how gardeners conceived their works, but also how gardens functioned during key periods in classical, medieval, and early modern Japanese history.

Revised and thoroughly updated, Themes in the History of Japanese Garden Art presents new, thought-provoking interpretations of the evolution of Japanese garden art. Its depth and much-needed emphasis on a practical context for garden creation will appeal to art and literary historians as well as scholars, students, and appreciators of garden and landscape art, Asian and Western.

About the Author
Wybe Kuitert is a practicing garden architect currently living in the Netherlands and a visiting professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design.





The Modern Japanese Garden
by Michiko Rico Nose, Shunmyo Masuno (Introduction), Michael Freeman (photographer)
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The Lure of the Japanese Garden
by Alison Main and Newell Platten
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Book Description: A delightful journey through the gardens of Japan—their art, culture, and history. This beautifully designed book is a guide to gardens in Japan and a revelation of their historical and cultural contexts. Offering a tour of over 120 gardens spanning east, west, north, and south in Japan, the authors provide a brief description, beautiful photographs, and directions for easy reference, interwoven with notes on personal experiences and travel in different seasons. A glossary of terms and a chronological summary of the gardens in different historical periods are included. A perfect reference for visitors to Japan as well as armchair travelers, this book is the first to show such a wide geographical spread of gardens throughout Japan, and will be beloved by all garden lovers and anyone captivated by this unique element of Japanese culture. 120 color photographs and illustrations.

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Alison Main and Newell Platten are both retired architects. Main practices as an artist, and Platten is an urban design consultant.



The Garden as Architecture, Form and Spirit in the Gardens of Japan, China and Korea
by Toshiro Inaji, Pamela Virgilio (translator)
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The Art of Setting Stones and Other Writings from the Japanese Garden
by Marc Peter Keane
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Review "This series of essays may be one of our most important modern interpretations of the meaning of the garden." -Donald Richie

Book Description In Japanese gardens, composition follows from placement of the first stone; all elements and plantings become interconnected. These eight essays on Kyoto gardens similarly begin with keen description and build into richly meditative excursions into art, Buddhism, nature, and science. Landscape architect Marc Keane shows how Japanese gardens are both a microcosm of the natural universe and a clear expression of our humanity, mirroring how we think, worship, and organize our lives and communities. Filled with passages of alluring beauty, this is a truly transcendent book about "experiencing" Japanese design.

About the Author
American-born Marc Peter Keane lives in Kyoto, Japan, and designs residential, company, and temple gardens. His other books include Japanese Garden Design and Sakuteiki. He teaches at the Kyoto University of Art and Design and will be a visiting professor at Cornell University in Fall 2002. A special exhibit of his work is currently showing at the Hammond Museum in New York.



Gardens of Gravel and Sand by Leonard Koren

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Book Description: A simple and provocative book offering a revisionist photo-essay on the ever-popular Japanese "dry landscape" or "rock" gardens. Not Zen, possibly art, more like "meta-gardens," gravel and sand compositions reject nature, yet are made of omnipresent natural dust. Quick to crumble, they are defiantly maintained by priest/rakers. Credited with philosophical profundity, their origins are murky, their meanings uncertain but immediate. Koren deliberately ignores "celebrity" rocks, moss, and foliage to demystify and explore a most peculiar human enterprise. Beautifully illustrated with duotone photographs of gravel and sand gardens in Kyoto.


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Leonard Koren, who lives in San Francisco and Tokyo, trained as an artist and architect. He is author of Wabi-Sabi, Undesigning the Bath, and How to Take a Japanese Bath.



Japanese Garden Design
by Haruzo Ohashi (photographer) & Marc Peter Keane
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A landscape architect and garden designer working in Japan, Keane here offers a history of the Japanese garden over 20 centuries, showing how society, politics, religion, art, and the tea ceremony have contributed to the structure and elements of these beautiful retreats. He also includes chapters on design principles and techniques, explaining, for instance, how individual aspects such as rock, sand, plants, and bridges embody the symbolism of the gardens. This comprehensive book includes not only excellent full-color photography but detailed plans of the various types of gardens. An extensive glossary, a bibliography of books in English and Japanese, and numerous maps are also offered. The text concludes with a timetable mapping the evolution of the garden alongside events in Japanese culture and world history. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence
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Once introduced to Japan's aesthetic sensibilities and philosophical underpinnings, Westerners often develop an appreciation of Japan's traditional gardens. Keane's handsome, explanatory survey, however, offers garden lovers who simply fail to see beauty in Japanese landscapes a rich resource for comprehending this ancient art form. Beautifully written descriptions illuminate historical development, religious and societal associations, and relationships between garden design and other Japanese... (read more at Amazon)


Japanese Gardening in Small Spaces by Isao Yoshikawa
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A practical introduction to the art of Japanese gardening provides an easy-to-follow guide to creating a Japanese garden in one's own home, discussing tools, materials, plants, and the history of Tsubo Niwa, and explaining how to display plants and rocks, create fences and hedges, and more.


A Japanese Touch for Your Garden by Kiyoshi Seiki, Kiyoshi Seike, Masanobu Kudo, David Harris Engel (contributor)
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Here is a concise introduction to the practical aspects of making a Japanese garden. Whether your garden is a spacious suburban lot, an office countyard, or a tiny inner-city backyard, you will find here hundreds of creative but time-honored 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 color 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 everchanging beauty.

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This book makes it possible for anyone to bring a touch of Oriental magic into his or her own back yard. The basic components of a Japanese garden and their functions are explained and illustrated in full color: stepping stones, statues, waterfalls, ponds, bamboo fences and gates, and more. 130 full-color photos.





Landscape Gardening in Japan

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Book description: Landscape Gardening in Japan was first published in 1893 by Josiah Conder, a British architect, urban planner, and teacher, who had come to Japan in 1877 to serve as a professor of architecture at the forerunner of Tokyo University and as a consultant to the Ministry of Engineering.

A man of wide interests, Conder was encouraged by the warm reception given his 1891 Flowers of Japan and the Art of Floral Arrangement to undertake a book on gardening. In preparing the present book, he relied not entirely on his own observations but consulted, and "freely borrowed from," some of the most reliable Japanese sources available at the time, the oldest dating to 1633. The resulting book is the product of a Western, Victorian perspective with access to Japanese authoritative texts.

Conder's study of the Japanese landscape garden led him to conclude that it represented universal qualities that could be applied to gardening anywhere. In addition to a discussion of these broader truths, the book is so finely detailed and so richly illustrated that it still serves today as a guide to modern garden-lovers, whether of a practical or a theoretical bent. The present volume combines the original study with an additional volume of photographs of famous gardens that was published shortly thereafter and entitled Supplement to Landscape Gardening in Japan. The interior of the book has been redesigned and the text newly set for easier reading and viewing.

The book has a new Foreword by Azby Brown and an Afterword by Terunobu Fujimori, providing background information on Conder and putting his accomplishments into perspective.

Jacket Illustration: Yokuon-en Zenzu (detail), National Diet Library. The Yokuon-en garden and villa was constructed by Matsudaira Sadanobu around 1794. (See Conder's description in Chapter 1 under Yoku-on-En.) The present illustration is a copy of an original bird's-eye view commemoratively painted in 1842 after the garden's destruction by fire in 1829.

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Foreword (abridged)

Josiah Conder was arguably the central figure in the establishment of modern Western architectural and construction practice in Japan. As a designer, his 50-plus built structures provided tangible models of Western style and thought; as an educator the curriculum he established at the Imperial College of Engineering (now the Department of Engineering at the University of Tokyo) shaped the first native Japanese architects in the technical and theoretical aspects of the craft,... (read more at Amazon)





Zen in Your Garden. Creating Sacred Spaces by Jenny Hendy

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The Art and Wisdom of the Japanese Garden
by Joe Earle (editor), Julie Moir Messervy^& Sadao Hibi (photographer)
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Knight Ridder Newspapers "Pairs quotations from an ancient writing, the Sakuteiki, on garden design with exquisite photos that illuminate the words."

Landscape Architecture Magazine
"The photos in this newest volume would intrigue even the most avid devotees of such gardens."


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