The Art and Wisdom of Japanese Gardens- karesansui

Dry Landscape Garden

This type of garden stone placement is modeled to look like the base of a mountain or hillside field. Where there are no water features present in nature or the maintenance of man-made water elements is not desirable this garden type can give you a similar look.

A wonderful example of this type of garden is located in Northfield MN on the campus of Carleton College to the east of Watson hall and up the hill from the tennis courts.

Jyo Ro En – The Garden of Quiet Listening – is a beautiful space that incorporates a mountain ‘stream’ cascading down to a wide ‘lake’ surrounded by lush vegetation carefully pruned to enhance the entire ‘picture’. The garden is viewed from the small pavilion and a path of stones directs you along the north edge of the garden.

Our expert team is available to help out with planning for the right look, installation instructions and tips or complete a project for your own outdoor space. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation 507-581-6886 or email amy@ateamlandscape.com

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The Art and Wisdom of Japanese Gardens- STONES- simplified for the beginner

There are many guidelines within the Japanese Garden ideals for positioning, creating interpretation and energy transfer in alignment and design of rock layout. From the huge boulders that interpret mountain scenes to the tiny gravel that simulates the look of water we can create snapshots of the larger landscape views.

There are standing stones and lying stones which should be identified upon delivery of the stones so they can be placed appropriately. Some designers say that there should be more horizontal stones then vertical stones in your garden.

Other key notes highlighted in the book Infinite Spaces- The Art and Wisdom of the Japanese Garden include: Running away stones must have chasing stones, Leaning stones must have supporting stones, Upward looking stones there must be downward-looking stones, and Vertical stones must have horizontal stones.

Typically a principle stone is chosen and it dictates the arrangement of the other stones.

Once layout begins larger boulder types should be set securely in place with their bases deep in the ground. The best sides should be showing and if necessary lean a stone with an ugly top so that no one will notice it.

Flat type stones are also important for creating paths that lead us through the garden and cause reflection on the journey of life. A well designed path starts with the right foot stone and are placed appropriately for a leisurely walk through the space or a spaced close together for more of a ‘paved’ type surface.

Our expert team is available to help out with planning for the right look, installation instructions and tips or complete a project for your own outdoor space. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation 507-581-6886 or email amy@ateamlandscape.com

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