Japanese Gardens

A Hardy Little Orchid

A number of years ago I was asked to re-design a very large semi-shaded patio area. The house was huge and the patio ran the entire length. The client specifically asked for unusual perennials to interest her garden club friends. Because of the close-up viewing from the patio, used primarily …

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Growing Orchids

If you are a serious orchid grower, you know too well that eventually your plants will take over your house, so building a greenhouse for orchids is a great idea. If you are a beginner grower and are seriously thinking of giving your plants a permanent home, you probably have …

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Origami, a meditative art

Origami come from the root ori, meaning folding and kami, meaning paper. It is a 1700 Japanese folk art of folding a traditional square piece of origami paper into an intricate sculpture. The most popular and well-known form is the crane. Customarily the paper cannot be cut or glued for …

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Japanese Garden, a short history

Though there is evidence that early Japanese Gardens were created long before the reign of Empress Suiko, circa 592 AD, she is most often credited for popularizing these idyllic retreats. These early gardens already had incorporated the ornamental ponds and the gently rolling landscapes that are still very much a …

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Japanese Water Gardens and Light!

You can create remarkable effects for your Japanese water garden, stream, and waterfalls with lighting. You can make a fountain glimmer, illuminate the underwater world of your Japanese garden, highlight your waterfall, and even liven up your stream all with the addition of a few lights. Pond lighting is a …

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Kaiyu-shiki, a place to be…

In the heart of London amidst the fast paced lifestyle that just goes with living in a major city, a haven of tranquillity sits on the roof of a house of healing. The Great Ormond Street Hospital in the Bloomsbury district of London offers patients and others who happen to …

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Sculpting a Japanese Garden

There is something extraordinary about Japanese gardening, in part because of the tranquil and healing environment that it provides.   It’s a place for deep thought, a peace offering in its own respect.  Experience in gardening of a different culture will bring your creativity to another level.  It must be …

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