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The Many Faces of the Small Contemplative Garden…

“It does not matter what form the garden takes. It may be a garden of nothing but stones and gravel like the abbot’s quarters in Kyoto, or it may be a garden planted with trees and shrubbery to create a woodland effect. Again, it may be a symbolic garden suggestive of Buddhist teachings, or it may be a realistic garden with quite natural landscapes. Or, to cite one more example of contrasting forms, it may be a garden designed to be viewed from a static position and to induce meditation, or it may be a stroll garden: a garden in which to admire a succession of changing views as one walks along its paths.”

Space and Illusion in the Japanese Garden by Teiji Itoh

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One response to “The Many Faces of the Small Contemplative Garden…

  1. Berkie's wife September 22, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Sometimes it can be just a few big pots of ever slowly changing, growing cacti on a 3rd floor south facing balcony, too. So if your new digs have limited space, go for big planters and native plants.

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