Winner of the 2006 American Horticultural Society Book Award
Japanese gardens are rooted in two traditions: an indigenous prehistoric tradition in which patches of graveled forest or pebbled beach were dedicated to nature spirits, and a tradition from China and Korea that included elements such as ponds, streams, waterfalls, and rock components. This book explores the history, symbolism and composition of the traditional Japanese garden. The basic building blocks of this gardening tradition, such as rocks, sand, ponds, and more, are examined in a very clear and precise manner.
Brimming with over 250 stunning photographs of graveled courtyards, warrior gardens, tea gardens and more, as well as gorgeous watercolor garden designs, The Art of the Japanese Garden is a valuable resouce for anyone interested in gardening, landscape design, or Japanese art and culture.