Since 13 Century Japanese monks used them as a spiritual place to view and meditate. Miniature Zen gardens provide a three dimensional image, which is planned with a foreground, and to provide a background perspective. There are a few key types of zen garden;
•Kanshoh-style which is viewed from your residence
•Dry landscape style like a rock garden
•A Rolling garden
These all incorporate a few key elements. You can create your own perfect peace of zen by balancing out these elements.
Stone and Pebbles
Pebbles in your Miniature Zen garden are most often mild and rounded cobbles as large as size of peas like a potato. They are used to create fields on the ground, a base-level offering for the arts, and to outline a stepping stone paths. Strategically placed rocks and stones are used as design features in the garden. Stones are often positioned so they protrude from the water or in a raked sand garden. Large stones and boulders are seen as islands in the Japanese garden. Stone lanterns are often placed next to a pathway or near a water feature. The role of the stone can not be overemphasized, since it provides the structural basis of the hardscape design.
Sand and fine gravel
In mini gardens without water, fine sand and gravel are used to create a metaphor for water. Whether built as a dry stream bed, or in the large uniform seas raked to be to achieve a smooth or rippled effect, this is a common way to cover parts of the earth and serve as a basis for organizing planting. The Art of Zen-garden is in the placement of components and patterns of computing the sand formed in different patterns. These structures are in Shinto shrines, where they said, to a place more hospitable for spirits are very popular. Depending on how the sand raked, they can such as running water or simply just to look for lines.
Fences and signs
The Japanese art of making bamboo fence and gate has led to incredibly elaborate creations. From straight rods lashed to brush and straw in intricate patterns, these functional housing is an important part of the garden, the visual design.
Creative Development is a marketing agency based in Sydney. One of our clients sells Miniature Zen Gardens and we created this ezine to help promote the best ways to use zen gardens in your office.
The origins of zen fountain are Japanese. In most homes, the Japanese have a zen place or a zen garden which is located at the center of the house. This place somehow replicates a mini version of a forest or a garden of sorts. The garden is designed with very specific and detailed items. The right amount of pebbles, the right size of stones, and the right amount of trees. Most of the time, they even find a way to miniaturize certain trees and plants to make it fit in this garden. This process called bonsai is their own way of bringing a sense of nature into their household, an attempt to capture the essence of zen into their homes, being one with nature and finding their balance. These zen gardens have their function in the Japanese homes as a place for them to meditate and find some form of tranquility and calm in their abode.
Zen fountains have become popular with Americans in the last decade or so. These are the bonsai versions of items that carry stone, water, wood and earth and are considering bringing tranquility, peace and good fortune to the household. There are table top versions that are quite inexpensive and easy to maintain and use.