Japanese Gardens

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If you enjoy the beauty of nature and wish to experience high-quality artistic expressions of its presence in your daily life, a Japanese garden may be just right for you!

 Kyoto Gosho - bridge 1Learning from the best–At the heart of Hanselman Landscape’s mission is the desire to learn from the best garden builders in the world. According to Doug Roth, publisher of a Japanese garden journal (Sukiya Living), every culture is highly successful in at least one area, and “the Japanese are very, very good at landscape gardening.” In fact, Japanese garden tradition has been under development for more than 1,000 years, and is far more refined than most people comprehend. As defined by Roth, Japanese gardens are high-quality living environments that reflect the beauty of the natural world and respond to basic human needs.The careful thought, high-quality workmanship, and integration of nature’s beauty with daily life that characterize Japanese gardening culture also guide the vision and standards of Hanselman Landscape. For this reason, each company team member is continually trained in traditional Japanese gardening methods. This training is applied to every aspect of gardening, from design to maintenance. Regardless of the style of garden being developed, many Japanese garden techniques have universal application, resulting in high-quality, enduring gardens that delight and refresh.

— at Kyoto Gosho, Kyoto, Japan.

japanese-pic1Japanese gardens exude grace and beauty–From the choice of plant material to the placement of rocks and pathways, Japanese gardens are designed to provide rest for the soul and the eyes by eliminating loud, competing elements and incorporating components that flow together naturally and harmoniously.

Japanese gardens are inspired by nature but are not intended to be actual copies of nature–Instead, the elements and techniques used in a Japanese garden are designed to express “an idealized nature that is carefully crafted to meet human needs”, according to the Sukiya Living magazine, a journal that promotes the interaction between a home and the outdoor space around the home.

 

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Japanese gardens provide unique perspectives–For example, using the “window as canvas” idea, many Japanese gardens exist primarily to present beautiful views and landscape ‘artwork’ for those in the house looking out, rather than for those driving by on the street. Instead of a 2-D painting on the wall, this popular type of Japanese garden is a 3-D scene that is ‘painted’ outside using mediums such as rocks and plants; windows provide the framing while family and guests enjoy the tranquil view.

 

 

 

 

 

If these values resonate with you, Contact Us to see how we may incorporate them into your garden views!


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