Zen Garden Design & Planning for High School Horticulture and Home Garden

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Zen Gardens for poor soil, sand is great !
Simple ground prep, low cost, use free natural materials.
Sandwich High Schools Horticulture project 2013.

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Zen Garden Design & Planning for High School Horticulture and Home Garden

  1. 1. copyrightacloutier 2013 Zen Garden DesignsHorticulture class Project by Annie Cloutier
  2. 2. copyrightacloutier 2013 Shakkei is Japanese for “borrowed landscape”  Zen Buddhist monks created Zen gardens to aid them in contemplation and meditation  Incorporate the surrounding scenery to make the garden appear to extend beyond its boundaries
  3. 3. copyrightacloutier 2013 The use of rocks and crushed gravel are used to represent mountains and water in abstract form called “shakkei”
  4. 4. copyrightacloutier 2013 Dry landscape style is called “karesansui” meaning “not using water”
  5. 5. copyrightacloutier 2013 A Zen garden is a calm blending of natural spaces and manmade space
  6. 6. copyrightacloutier 2013 Everything is interrelated and essential to the overall design of the Zen garden  Rocks  Sand  Gravel  Moss  Conifers  Boundary
  7. 7. copyrightacloutier 2013 Small scale boxed Zen Garden is fun to change patterns of waves and rocks
  8. 8. copyrightacloutier 2013 Less is more…do not over crowd space  Select a level area suitable for garden  Poor soil is not a problem  10’ x 16’ or 20 ‘ x 32’  Use a carpenters level  Edging stone , like beach cobbles is great to make a boarder or flat rectangular pavers  Dig holes 6 inches deep to “plant” large stones  After placing rocks and lantern or bench, pour gravel or pea stone or sands spreading with a hoe  Rake ripple marks or sandy waves with rake  Prune any plants to scale of garden compact http://homeguides.sfgate.com/build-outside-zen-garden-46644.html
  9. 9. copyrightacloutier 2013 Horticulture class is designing one for our campus and everyone to enjoy
  10. 10. copyrightacloutier 2013 Steps in designing an interactive garden  Location  Materials – natural & organic  Visual quality  Composition with nature  Planning
  11. 11. copyrightacloutier 2013 Zen Gardens were invented by Samurai soldiers Meditating -Sitting quietly puts the mind at ease before battle and after

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