A practical introduction to the traditions of Japanese Zen gardens Using natural materials such as wood, bamboo, rocks and pebbles, and emphasizing the value of shape in trees and shrubs and the subtlety of colour through the varied greens of foliage and moss, the book explains how western plants and materials can be used to achieve the natural, minimalist look so beloved by Japanese garden designers There are instructions and tips for selecting plants and materials which are readily available, as well as plant lists and climate zone maps to aid western gardeners....
|Title||:||Serene Gardens: Creating Japanese Design and Detail in the Western Garden|
|Publisher||:||New Holland Publishers Ltd 1 September 2000|
|Number of Pages||:||567 Pages|
|File Size||:||766 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Serene Gardens: Creating Japanese Design and Detail in the Western Garden Reviews
Serene Gardens ist ein gelungenes Buch, das dem europäischen Gartenliebhaber in sehr übersichtlicher Systematik mit wunderschönen und qualitativ hervorragenden Bildern den Japanischen Garten vermittelt. Dabei will einem das Buch nicht etwa Anleitungen geben, wie man einen japanischen Garten selbst entwirft und umsetzt, sondern im wesentlichen Anregungen geben, wie man verschiedenen Elemente in einen westlichen Gaten integrieren kann, ohne dass er damit zu einer bei uns zumeist eher als kitschig einzuordnenden Kopie eines japanischen Gartens wird. Es macht einfach Spaß in diesem Buch zu blättern und die Bilder auf sich einwirken zu lassen. Der englische Test ist nicht zu wissenschaftlich gehalten und damit recht gut verständlich.
Excellent book on Japanese Garden Design. Covers some history, the major types of gardens, many how to descriptions, great plant selection guide. The many color photographs of plants and gardens are delightful, of high quality artistically and printed very well on quality stock. Written by a Japanese person in Britain, apparently, so it depicts many European gardens of Japanese style and the list of societies and vendors shows mainly British suppliers. I have many books on Japanese gardens and consider this one of the best.
I'm doing a Japanese style desert garden so I have read lots of these books, and this one is the best of them for the western person who wants to put in a japanese garden or just loves to look at them. It is low on the "how to" factor, which is fine with me because I don't find looking at pictures of how to line a koi pond particularly inspiring. What this book does have is an accessible text that is heavy on the theory of the Japanese garden and lots of really wonderful pictures of gardens that work in the North American context. I have not yet found a book on Japanese style desert gardens, but I'm still looking.
Garden design, especially Japanese garden design is daunting for even the practiced american gardener. Never mind the cultural barriers and relative inaccessibility of good local examples. A greater barrier is that we tend to think in terms of a quarter acre, or even ten acres. Designing a few hundred square feet--that is a real challenge for most of us unless it is a raised bed or free form mixed border. To landscape a courtyard or a constrained walkway near the house in a comprehensive and self-sufficient manner is beyond almost all of us.What we need is a book which edits out the impossible ("This five hundred year old imperial garden...") and the impractical ("Using tweezers to weed the moss...") in favor of the "essence" of a japanese garden.This book is almost uncanny in its choice of photos and illustrations. Each presents a garden or an element of design that causes the reader to have a Eureka moment. "Yes, that's it! I can adapt that.... I can incorporate that...." Or even "No, I really don't like that aesthetic and shouldn't even think about it as a possibility."As noted by other reviewers it is not a how to book. It is not really a picture book. It is a collection of photos and illustrations of realistic possibilities for anyone daring to design their own "serene garden." The text is also enlightening and enjoyable, reinforcing the objectives of good japanese garden design.Overall the book reminds me of some of the best of the "Sunset" booklets of previous decades, albeit it is far better and more sophisticated.
Serene Gardens can lower your blood pressure just by looking at the calmness of the gardens. Every page is a treasure of beauty and great ideas. We have incorporated many of the features in this book into our own gardens. Beautiful Peace.
As I collect books about Japanese Gardens since I am attempting to build one on my property, this book was very helpful.