Japanese Garden Books – Zen Gardens

The New Zen Garden: Designing Quiet Spaces

A thousand years of tradition comes to life in the contemporary gardens showcased in these pages. The New Zen Garden introduces the contemplative Japanese space in all its varied forms, then guides you through the basics of theory, design, and construction, blending age-old techniques with modern innovation.

After a brief history of the spiritual and cultural aspects of the Japanese garden, author Joseph Cali reveals the underpinnings of the gardener’s art. In simple and straightforward terms, he shows you how to conceive a small- to medium-size garden for your home, townhouse, or apartment balcony, then how to add the final elegant touches of your choice, including stone lanterns, bamboo fences, cobbled pathways, and sculpted plantings.

Superb examples of contemporary gardens abound, many never before published in English. Works from some of the foremost experts in the field today complement the text. Dozens of carefully conceived line drawings by the author–as well as additional instruction by top professionals–further illuminate the finer points of garden-making. When all is said and done, The New Zen Garden offers an abundance of ideas to transform your backyard, patio, terrace, courtyard, or other expanse into a space steeped in a quiet joy you’ll cherish for years to come.

Zen in Your Garden: Creating Sacred Spaces

The Japanese Zen garden is a triumph of simplicity, a space where balance is emphasized to create a sanctuary of stillness and meditation. This book shows readers how to achieve that balance, and turn an ordinary garden from something to look at to an experience. Here, Jenny Hendy shows how to create a garden with different energies, from the soothing to the invigorating; how to incorporate different styles of gardens, from rock and gravel to water gardens, from wildlife gardens to a woodland style. Exploring the basics of both planting and design, this book helps readers lay out a landscape that will have something for all seasons and all senses. Beautifully illustrated with helpful color drawings, Zen in Your Garden is a perfect book for anyone seeking to create a sacred space.

Zen Gardening

Zen Gardening places every aspect of creating a Zen garden at the hands of today’s gardeners. This unique book simplifies the complex principles adopted centuries ago by Buddhist monks, explores their aims in creating outdoor spaces along Zen principles, and reveals the meaning of the different elements and their juxtaposition.

Gardeners will learn to create a controlled and harmonious environment-and, in the process, to nourish the spirit and allow anxiety to gently subside, making room for quiet reflection.

Building My Zen Garden

Kieran Egan had a fantasy. Inspired by a visit to a friend”s miniature Zen garden on a balcony in Nagoya, he returned home determined to build his own Japanese garden.

Like many men his age, with kids grown up and moved away, he was ready to tackle something new — and tackle was the right word. Even before he began, he had to spend days hacking at the overgrown thicket where his garden would be. At night, dreaming of roots with nothing to do but grow, he thought less about Zen masters than about Dorothy Parker, who observed, “Every year, back comes spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants.” In spite of the running conflict between Zen philosophy and his own rather slapdash methods, he succeeded in creating “a treat for the eye and spirit.”

Like Michael Pollan”s “A Place of My Own, Building My Zen Garden” will appeal to men, and to women as a gift for men. In these prosperous times, when men of the baby-boom generation are often looking for something new, building a Zen garden could very well be it — even if, after reading and laughing at the author”s adventures, they never build one themselves.

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