In recent years, we have had the privilege of creating Japanese-inspired nobedan paths and patios for a few of our clients. While nobedan stonework was traditionally seen exclusively in Japan, nobedan paths and patios are now adding striking aesthetic value to homes and gardens on this side of the ocean, too.

These beautiful garden additions are created by piecing together stones of various sizes and shapes. This process can be likened to piecing a puzzle together on the kitchen table, except that in the creation of a nobedan path or patio, the pieces are templated, cut, and shaped by the same people who will put the puzzle together in the client’s garden. And, believe it or not, there are rules that must be followed in the shaping and placement of the stones!

The process is fascinating and the final product is well worth the intense labor and necessary attention to detail. Over the next few weeks, I’d like to share some nobedan “puzzles” our team has crafted, beginning with a view from my garden (below)!

Gladly shared by Betty Hanselman

Gardener’s wife (& “garden puzzle” proponent)