Miniature Japanese Gardens

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Tuttle Publishing
Hardcover, Jacketed
Date Published:
40 projects; color photos and diagrams
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Trim Size:
8 X 10

The tranquility of a classic Japanese garden is yours to enjoy at home or in the office by marrying the Zen art of Bonsai with the popular container garden movement!

The container itself can be an old pot, ceramic bowl, or just about anything you might have lying around. Such "found" objects lend themselves to the Japanese art of wabi-sabi, the beauty of imperfection.

Miniature Japanese Gardens shows you how to create container gardens with step-by-step photos and architectural drawings of each project presented. A detailed "floorplan" of each garden provides a basic template as you experiment with different plant types and containers. Add rocks and other elements to produce Zen-like spaces that will enhance any interior.

Photos of over 40 different container gardening projects— ranging from a kokedama (moss ball) to a miniature bamboo grove—and the amazing landscapes in Japan that inspired them will appeal to gardeners, Zen students, and small space enthusiasts alike!

About the Author:
Kenji Kobayashi studied engineering and landscape gardening and design in his native Japan, but it was in Portland, Oregon that he discovered a love for Bonsai and the art of creating miniature landscapes. When he returned to Japan, he became absorbed in the study of Bonsai and created a new style called Keshiki Bonsai (landscape Bonsai). He has exhibited his landscapes widely throughout Japan. He is a teacher, the author of several books, and the owner of the Tokyo shop Sinajina.