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  1. 1. Japanese GardensJapanese Gardens – Basic Design Questions That Should Be AddressedAs westerners, we are often compelled to try to control and plan all design aspects of what wewant when constructing something. We try to anticipate every little detail so we dont make amistake. Although you will still need to organize and draw out your Japanese garden design,plus determine the shape of your landscape and what you desire for your garden, you shouldalso allow yourself to "go with the flow" and let it "speak to you" as your garden takes shape. Inother words, allow for improvisation and ideas to emerge rather than being rigid in sticking toyour original design plan.Before any work begins within the yard itself, a basic garden plan should be drawn up to helpyou formulate your ideas and the placement of elements. There are several questions you needto address to help with this process:
  2. 2. 1) Do you already have an existing garden in the area where you wish to incorporate a Japanesegarden style? If so, what type of garden is it (flower garden, English garden, rustic wildflowergarden, etc.)?2) Will you be able to integrate your current garden into the new Japanese garden plan? Whataspects and features will remain and what will have to be moved, replaced or removedentirely?3) What style of Japanese garden are you most interested in - tea garden, courtyard garden,stroll garden, pond and island garden, Zen rock garden or a combination of two or more? Forvery small areas, you will most likely stick to only one style. For those that have a largelandscape, you can have your choice of any of the styles to suit your desires and landscapearea.4) How large is the area of the site that you are considering using? Does it have natural hills andvalleys? Are there any elements, such a stream, already present? Take a good visual view ofyour selected site and note down all the details on paper. Take measurements as well, so youknow the exact area size you will be working with.5) What elements and features are important to you? For example, do you wish to add awaterfall, water basin, or a rock arrangement? Would you like one small area to feature a Zengarden? Is a stepping-stone pathway that leads to a gate appealing?6) Will you be building this garden by yourself or will you have help? The size, design andamount of work to create your Japanese garden will affect this answer. Obviously, building avery large stroll garden by yourself would take forever and be impractical.
  3. 3. 7) If you plan to use large boulders or plant more mature trees (rather than saplings), how willyou get them into your garden? Is there room and access for large machinery to help withplacement? Keep in mind boulders and large trees are extremely heavy.8) Will your garden be formal, semi-formal, or informal (rustic)?9) Many Japanese gardens are actually built around a theme. Do you have a theme in mind foryour garden? An example of a theme would be a miniaturized version of "The Bridge ToHeaven", which is a marble and stone bridge that spans the famous Dragon Beard Ditch inChina. This bridge was built over 600 years ago to allow the Ming and Qing emperors to crossover on their way to the Temple of Heaven. Your theme could even revolve around a smallerreplica or area of an original famous garden of Japan. Read books and view photographs ofexisting gardens to get some ideas.10) What do you want to achieve with your garden? Will it be used primarily for meditation? Doyou wish to incorporate a strolling pathway with new visual delights beyond each curve? Doyou want the invigorating sounds of water, such as a waterfall or fast moving stream? Will it bea place to sit quietly and contemplate nature? Understanding the concept behind the gardendesign is important.
  4. 4. In conclusion, these types of questions should be contemplated carefully and answeredthoroughly before you begin to put your design down on paper, otherwise you could end upwith a garden that holds no meaning for you or your visitors. A Japanese garden should have a"reason for being." What are your reasons?Thanks For Reading … Good Luck!  Have you ever wanted to create amazing outdoor landscapes for your home? Youll get instant access to over 7000 of the freshest landscaping ideas & videos to help you create your dream landscape... Find Out Here : http://landscaping-idea.info/Ideas4Landscaping