Japanese Touch For Your Garden - New EditionJapanese Touch for your Garden - New revised and expanded edition.
Bring a touch of oriental magic into your own backyard. All the basic components of a Japanese garden and their functions are explained and illustrated: stepping stones, paving stones, stone lanterns, signs, and statues; streams, waterfalls, and ponds; bamboo fences, gates, and walls. Written by eminent authorities on architectural design, botany, and landscape design, this popular book has now been fully revised and expanded into this brand new edition that includes more gardens and has twice as many color pages.
This book offers a concise introduction to the practical aspects of making a Japanese garden whether it's a spacious suburban lot, an office courtyard, or a tiny, inner-city backyard. There are hundreds of creative but time-honored ways to make maximum use of available space. Readers will learn how to lay stones and pathways, how to create intriguing sand patterns as seen in Zen temple gardens. You will learn about Japanese lanterns, miniature pagodas, water basins, gates, and walls, and will be shown, step-by-step, how to make a bamboo lattice fence. Notes on the care of bamboo, moss, and grass are also provided, as well as the names of native North American plants and trees that can be substituted for conventional Japanese varieties. With nearly 200 photographs of Japanese gardens, old and new, it offers ideas for endless variations. Thoroughly up-to-date in its approach and based on the principle that a garden must satisfy the gardener, not a set of inflexible guidelines, this book encourages readers to choose freely from the wide range of traditional Japanese design elements that suit individual needs and tastes. Whether one lives in the country, city, or somewhere in between, you will discover numerous ways to transform—simply, inexpensively, and with one's own two hands—that back porch, corridor, or yard into an intimate, tranquil oasis that will reward all the planning and work with a rich and ever-changing beauty.
Hardcover: 96 pages. ISBN: 9784770030795