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JAPANESE GARDEN DESIGN TRADITIONS AND TECHNIQUES


An inspiring history of the classical gardens of Japan and a study of their distinctive characteristics and design features


Charles Chesshire


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Oct 2011 (UK) Jan 2012 (US) UK £9.99/US $18.99 (P) 160 (A160)


297 x 228mm/111⁄2 9781844769964 1 84476 996 8


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Gardening WM;WMD GAR013000


• An accessible guide to designing and creating a Japanese garden, written by a leading authority on the subject


• The five classic Japanese garden styles, their history and evolution are described in detail and a design plan is provided for each type


• The key elements of rocks, gravel, plants and water, and their symbolic meanings and essential placing are translated for the modern gardener


• Includes a history of Japanese gardens, the philosophy of the early designers, the influence of religion and spirituality, and the inspiration provided by early Chinese gardens


• With 420 beautiful photographs and illustrations, this is a practical introduction to the subject and a visual feast for the imagination


About the Author


Charles Chesshire is a highly regarded garden designer, consultant and writer. He has designed gardens in the United States and Britain. Fascinated by the connection of Zen meditation to the philosophy and design of Japanese gardens, he has studied in Japan and toured the country on a number of occasions. He has built his own interpretation of a Japanese tea garden. Charles lectures widely on a number of subjects, including clematis, roses, garden design and Japanese gardens.


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Japanese gardens invite quiet contemplation with their studied and harmonious balance of elements. This book provides a fascinating introduction to the subject and explains the garden style’s long history and development. The five classic garden styles are discussed in detail and an illustrated plan is provided for each one. More practical considerations follow, with a guide to the materials required, and a focus on key elements such as the careful choice of rocks to represent mountains and the raking of gravel to resemble water formations. A final chapter looks at other features that create character such as pathways, gates, bridges, lighting, boundaries and tea houses.


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