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Japanese Garden Landscape Design and Architecture

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At the heart of Hanselman Landscape and Garden’s mission is the desire to learn from the best garden builders in the world. 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.


There is a lot to learn from the well-developed Japanese Garden traditions, including the idea that a garden is a living environment to experience. Our Japanese garden designers use your windows as a canvas to open up your home into breathtaking outdoor spaces.

Japanese Style Garden Outside Glass Screen Door


Whether you are taking in the beauty of bright fall colors or waking up to a misty morning, our Japanese gardens are designed and built to provide lasting natural beauty that can be lived in and experienced. Rather than just focusing on the individual elements, we seek to create a serene garden atmosphere that allows you to embrace and appreciate the fleeting beauty of each day.

Misty Morning In Japanese Style Garden With Winding Natural Stone Path


For many of our designs, we utilize different materials, including stones, gravel, water, plant materials, natural elements, and more. Our design choices are made to create a sense of space that doesn’t overwhelm the entire view and feels expansive.

Regardless of your design preferences and inspiration, working with Hanselman means you will receive a highly intentional garden that you will love. 

Natural Koi Pond, Wyomissing, Pa

Our Garden Design Process

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Share your goals, ideas, and project budget and we will begin to survey and plan your garden

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We will consider all your primary view perspectives, both inside and out as we design your garden

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Your garden dream will begin to take shape at the hands of our highly skilled craftsmen and landscapers

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Every project ends with the reward of experiencing the joyful stewardship of your little piece of creation

A Japanese Garden – One Gardener’s Definition

Japanese gardens weave wild horticultural beauty with elemental materials into the fabric of life on a human scale in surprisingly diverse applications. To visit gardens in Japan is to experience exceptional grace in cultivated living spaces; these gardens are treasured components of private residences and public places. As art, the Japanese garden expresses a poet’s longing for natural scenes with a painter’s framing and presentation of view. As function, the Japanese garden is space for interaction with the natural environment within the concept of home. As horticulture, plants are carefully selected and pruned to serve the proscribed vision.

In The Rain At Kyoto Gosho, Kyoto, Japan
Inspirational garden photographed in person at Kyoto Gosho (Kyoto Imperial Palace), Kyoto, Japan

The Japanese garden culture and aesthetic taste have been nurtured by centuries of deliberate value and support. The determination to fund and do the hard work of garden care makes this tradition exceptional. The resulting refined system of garden living can improve homes and communities throughout the world as naturally as in its country of origin.

~ Contributed by James Hanselman, Gardener (& Japanese Garden Designer)

Examples of Japanese Gardens designed and installed by Hanselman Landscape and Gardens

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Founded in 1985, Hanselman Landscape & Gardens designs, builds, and nurtures a wide variety of gardens in both private and corporate settings. From our headquarters in Manheim, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout the region, including Philadelphia’s Main Line—and as far away as Cambridge, Massachusetts. We also cultivate unique specimen plants, which we make available to discriminating gardeners and architects.