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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FAUX NATURAL STONE – GET THE LOOK WITHOUT THE PRICE TAG

Some of the following pictures are from the Rochester Concrete Products website and feature Rosetta Stone.

The natural look of beautiful stone walls, columns, accents and patios appeals to a lot of us. There is something about a carefully designed landscape that looks like a scene we might happen upon in the mountains or a walk in the woods. The wild grace of an undisturbed native environment, especially one that has a time weathered stone, invokes something beautiful in our minds. While a careful plan from a Creator has formed these natural environments with no effort,  we humans try to replicate them in our little domains through much effort to make it look unplanned and natural.

TRADITIONAL NATURAL PRODUCTS

 There is a myriad of products available fashioned from available stones and cut into all shapes and sizes. We can make walls, patios, walkways, columns and more. But along with the natural look comes the ‘natural’ shape, thickness and all the variabilities. Time consuming labor hours  with the price tag of stone cost and delivery quickly drive up the project budget. Experience and a craftsman eye are key to a successful and beautiful end product.

A NEW GENERATION OF ‘STONE’

The landscape industry is consistently expanding and working on new technologies to improve aesthetics, functionality and installation ease. While many products that try to replicate natural stone look fake and patterned there are some available that strive and meet the desired effect.  One of the most notable manufactures is Rosetta Stone. They have carefully selected stone to build their forms and patterns around then use high quality concrete with a through color mix to replicate our favorite looks. They have a great firepit kit that beautifully replicates the random cut stone look. Also available are column kits, wall stone and outcropping stone looks.

STRONG LOOKS UNDERFOOT

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Popular choices for ground surface include stamped concrete that can be formed, patterned and textured to replicate natural stone in color and feel. As with plain concrete, stamped concrete is subject to cracking in freeze thaw cycles. Other products include concrete pavers in cut or random sizes and may have a tumbled process to give a weathered look. These types of products are more consistent in top surface being level which provides an advantage to the inconsistent nature of flagstone especially with the use of furniture.

EXPLORE FOR YOUR LOOK

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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