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I haven’t been to Japan yet, so I’ve never seen an authentic Japanese garden. But I have seen Japanese-style gardens in other parts of the world – including New Zealand – and I seriously covet one. I wouldn’t want to turn my entire property into a Japanese garden, but there are areas which would lend themselves to the creation of a piece of “nature in miniature”.

Happily, the beauty of this garden style is that you can achieve the look in a 10m² space – possibly even less.

I recently watched a YouTube video of someone purporting to turn his tiny roof terrace into a Japanese garden in three minutes – and while the end result was completely awful, it did demonstrate how simple some of the elements of these types of gardens are.


The Japanese garden is all about trying to create a perfect piece of nature in a miniature version, so lines are curving and organic, stone and wood is left to weather, and objects are placed in odd numbers.

And because everything in the garden should be appropriate to the location, eco-sourcing of both hard landscaping materials and plants is important.

Simplicity is revered, so Japanese gardens are never fussy, which no doubt is one of the reasons they’re so tranquil.

And because there is no symmetry in nature, they are asymmetric. Having spirit levels in my eyes and a built-in symmetry detector, I’d normally have a problem with that, but in this instance it doesn’t seem to matter.

There’s always a balance in a Japanese garden design – between hard and soft, vertical and horizontal, wet and dry, objects and emptiness, high and low. There should also be a balance in terms of size – in small gardens the elements within must be small and in big spaces, items must be larger.

Perhaps the most challenging concept in Japanese garden design is that empty space is as much a feature as a stone or a plant. Just one stone too many can ruin the whole thing.

Source: www.nzwomansweekly.co.nz

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This basement apartment was featured on a tv program last week and I thought I'd share it with anyone interested. I love the solutions provided for basement living style (especially the indoor garden!).
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