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Serene Gardens: Creating Japanese Design and Detail in the Western Garden [Paperback]

Yoko Kawaguchi
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20 Feb 2008
This beautifully illustrated book provides an inspirational and practical introduction to the traditions of Japanese Zen gardens, using natural materials such as wood, bamboo, rocks and pebbles. Emphasizing the value of shape in trees and shrubs with the subtlety of colour through the varied greens of foliage and moss, "Serene Gardens" is the only book that explains how western plants and materials can be used to achieve the natural, minimalist look so beloved by Japanese garden designers. There are instructions and tips for selecting plants and materials which are readily available, as well as plant lists and climate zone maps to aid western gardeners. As the wealth of stunning colour photographs from around the world demonstrates, Japanese garden design is concerned with a reverence for nature and the overall effect is of tranquility. "Serene Gardens" will help people to create much-needed oases of calm in their own outdoor spaces.


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (20 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845379160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845379162
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yoko Kawaguchi is bilingual in English and Japanese, having been brought up in the USA, Canada and Japan. A keen gardener, she has lived in Britain for the past decade and contributes regular articles to horticultural magazines including The Garden, the journal of the Royal Horticultural Society. This is her first book. Her current home is in Cardiff, Wales.

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serene Gardens- a serene read 12 May 2004
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Format:Hardcover
I've had this book a few years now and I always keep it at hand to inspire me, it is well written, has good practical advice along with clear illustrations and wonderful photographs showing both established Japanese gardens and Western gardens in the Japanese style, there's even a few pages at the end describing various plants ,trees and shrubs that go well with this style.
If you're planning a Japanese garden - get it, or even if you just like to peruse beautiful books with inspiring pics - get it, you will love it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 9 July 2009
By Maja
Format:Paperback
I am planning a Japanese garden, and this book has helped me a lot. I have many books on the subject and this is one of the best. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Book 4 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this book as I want a Japanese inspired garden. Gave me a good starting point and loved the sections in the back which listed gardens to visit and garden centres with suitable products. We have visited some already and found them very useful. Would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT 12 Feb 2013
By Jules
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This book has really help me in creating a perfect Japanese garden, would recommend this book to anyone with the same ideas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Japanese gardens 6 July 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Lovely book with a lot of pictures that illustrate the various concepts of Japanese gardens. Also quite a bit of reading on the same. Good introduction to Japanese gardens.
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