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A thorough introduction to Japanese gardening
on 3 February 2002
Plans and photographs of gardens in Japan are featured on almost every page along with instruction on the meaning of each feature. Chapters include: Layout: Where do I Put the Rock? Stone Groupings, Tsukubai, Shishi Odoshi and so on. Pitfalls are often explained i.e. stepping stones must be laid withways not lengthways and should be odd in number; water features do not include fountains because fountains are not found in nature - instead ponds, streams and waterfalls can be incorporated.
Bamboo is used in many ways, both as a plant with many varieties and as a building material for fences. Trees can be pruned to improve visual effect. Pebbles, stones and rocks are valued.
I found it a very instructive introduction to the world of Japanese Gardening and have determined to attempt to create my own as a result!