Embracing a Japanese garden means investing in a lifetime of beauty and tranquility. In exchange for love and care, these gardens offer unparalleled returns, enriching the lives of those who have the pleasure of living in these privileged spaces. In the coming weeks, we’ll explore the unique qualities of Japanese-inspired gardens and their profound impact.

At the heart of a Japanese garden is the principle of serenity, achieved through the thoughtful concept of “ma” – the intentional space between objects. Unlike Western gardens, where the emphasis often lies on the objects that fill the space, “ma” celebrates the emptiness, the pauses that foster reflection and bring balance. This concept extends beyond physical spaces; it touches on art, music, time, presence, indeed, all of life.

Gardens that prioritize the concept of “ma” become havens of harmony and serenity, offering respite for the soul amidst the chaos of everyday life. If your life feels overcrowded, consider a Japanese garden designed with “ma” in mind – an oasis of calm where you can pause to rest your eyes, quiet your soul, and breathe deeply.

Gratefully shared by Betty Hanselman

Gardener’s wife (& stillness seeker)