If you want to make your tiny backyard shine like a little star, you have to think outside the box!
Japanese rock gardens are definitely in this ‘category of thinking’ since they have something innately appealing about them. It just might be the way they project great real-world landscapes on a smaller lot, or maybe the obvious appeal has to do with their enigmatic nature! No matter what it is, these small replicas of paradise have been around for eras.
Sources claim that these rocky Japanese gardens date as far back as the latter part of Japan’s Kofun period (250-538 A.D.), with their origins found in Taoism.
Although the usual white rocks hadn’t yet filled the spaces of these “manicured landscapes,” a lot of the other features were beginning to take their today’s shape ― especially the ubiquitous “islands” scattered all across the site scene.
There are indications that these islands are a projection of an ancient Taoist belief that, somewhere in the middle of the ocean, there are 3 or 5 islands where immortals beings dwell!
Mr. Om Paramapoonya outlines the late 11th century as the time when dry rocky landscapes were built as a “sidewalk” of mainstream gardens of the time. And, unlike many other gardens around the world, Zen rock gardens are actually not facilitated for recreational assemblies.
Om says that these spaces function as ritualistic compounds, and provide a perfect environment for Zen monk’s pursuit of the utmost freedom of mind.
While many modern people like you are a far cry from a Zen monk, there’s a solid chance that having a rock garden of your own would help you as well in your search for peace of mind and body. And the best thing about it is that it’s not as expensive as you might think!
However, the common trait of Zen monks and modern-day Americans is that they both take their gardens seriously. Indeed, according to the National Gardening Association, we spent nearly $45 billion on landscaping in 2006 only.
This is easy to believe when you hear that the American Society of Landscape Architects recommends putting aside an amount equal to 5 to 10% of your home’s worth just for landscaping cost for your yard! Surely, you can come up with an awesome yard if you put that aside, but if you’re only looking for a low-cost new landscape, a Zen garden might be ‘right up your alley.’
The landscaper Jason Hodges knows pretty good things about backyard landscaping. While most of us adult people have spent our teenage years doing youth sports and mingling with friends, the now-father of two (a young girl and a fox terrier!) has spent his formative years honing his loving burgeoning craft.
As a teenage boy, Jason studied landscape horticulture and construction at the respected Ryde Tafe, and eventually ended up teaching the course there later in life. So, if there’s anyone worth taking landscaping advice from, it is definitely Jason.
If you need any qualification certificates, his 4 gold medals from the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show should truly suffice. At least, they did suffice for us!
Perhaps the most fascinating part about Jason’s video tutorial is how easily it all stacks together under his hands. He explains that not one of the pieces of this project require professional experience. He says: “No, you don’t have to be a skilled tradesman.
There’s no hard carpentry or tricky bricklaying. Just a few simple elements.” That is perfect because simplicity often brings the best solutions to many people’s problems.
Carefully watch the video below to see how Jason creates a peaceful Japanese-inspired garden. When you finish watching the clip, we would appreciate to read about your opinion [or experience] in the comments.
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