Create Your Own Japanese Garden
A Practical Guide
by Motomi Oguchi, Joseph Cali
128 pages, lots of color photographs, b/w line drawings, hardcover
Price ✱€ 24.50
The Japanese garden is unsurpassed in its subtle interplay of nature and design. Whether a rustic stone walkway in a small entrance garden, or the tranquil vista of a backyard tree garden, the unmistakable balance of serenity and beauty has earned the Japanese garden a reputation as a living work of art.
In Create Your Own Japanese Garden, veteran garden designer Motomi Oguchi offers the reader a step-by-step, practical approach to Japanese garden design, of more than 400 gardens. Real examples from gardens he has conceived, constructed, and photographed cover key garden types and construction methods.
Joseph Cali, author of "The New Zen Garden", lends his perspective, as well as detailed line drawings, to make these original Japanese designs accessible to homeowners, landscape designers, and garden lovers everywhere.
The focus of this book is on the intimate relation between house and garden, and how Japanese garden types can be applied to residential homes and small businesses to bring a bit of that traditional beauty into everyday life. Oguchi begins every chapter by discussing the general layouts and methods for developing each garden before going into one specific feature of the garden in a step-by-step format. Sections on general techniques offer advice on handling stone, sand, bamboo, moss, and trees. Applying time-honored techniques to typical situations, Create Your Own Japanese Garden offers both ambitious designs and simple variations calculated to bring you into closer contact with nature the Japanese way.
Accompanied by detailed photographs and illustrations, as well as suggestions for special touches and maintenance, this book will be an invaluable resource for any garden enthusiast, and indeed any reader keen to explore the techniques that capture the beauty and ambience of the Japanese garden.