This beautifully illustrated book provides an inspirational and practical introduction to the traditions of Japanese Zen gardens, using natural materials such as wood, bamboo, rocks and pebbles. Emphasizing the value of shape in trees and shrubs with the subtlety of color through the varied greens of foliage and moss, Authentic Japanese Gardens explains how western plants and materials can be used to achieve peaceful, contemplative gardens.There are instructions and tips for selecting plants and materials that are readily available, as well as plant lists and climate zone maps to aid western gardeners. As the wealth of stunning color photographs from around the world demonstrates, Japanese garden design is concerned with a reverence for nature and the overall effect is of tranquility. Authentic Japanese Gardens will help people to create much-needed oases of calm in their own outdoor spaces.
Yoko Kawaguchi was born in Tokyo and educated in the United States, Canada and Japan. She has lived in the UK for the last twenty years. Yoko is the author of Japanese Zen Gardens, and contributes regular articles to horticultural magazines including The Garden, the journal of the Royal Horticultural Society. A keen gardener, she lectures on Japanese garden history and has been a popular guest on top BBC radio shows.