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The art of Japanese gardens : designing and making your own peaceful space / Herb L. Gustafson.

By: Gustafson, Herb L.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : London : Sterling ; Orion, c1999Description: 144 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1402745001(pbk); 9781402745003(pbk).Subject(s): Gardens, Japanese | Gardens, Japanese -- DesignDDC classification:
Item type Current location Collection Call number Copy number Status Date due Barcode Item holds
Non-Fiction Davis (Central) Library
Non-Fiction 635 GUS 1 Available T00461546
Total holds: 0

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Nourish the soul and restore the spirit: this photo-packed guidebook shows how to create the sense of harmony and balance of Zen philosophy. Every element that goes into the garden holds meaning, along with its careful arrangement, and its use of natural and unobtrusive materials. Walls, fences, and paths provide security, beauty, and boundaries that separate and frame various areas. Boulders, stones, and gravel contrast with smooth, flowing ponds and rushing waterfalls. No detail goes unexplained--from adding koi and water plants to putting up a teahouse.

Originally published: London: David & Charles, 1999.


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Booklist Review

A Japanese garden is, indeed, a thing of beauty and tranquility. Gustafson gives a multitude of ideas and suggestions for creating such a garden, but a rather large lot would be needed--not to mention the expense. In a chapter on boundaries, the author discusses the function of cedar and bamboo fences, safety rails, retaining walls, gates, and tile roofs. In a chapter on rocks, boulders, and stones, he writes about their uses in bridges, walkways, and paths. Water is a large part of Japanese gardens, and Gustafson focuses on its use in ponds, waterfalls, and streams. He suggests having a pavilion or teahouse constructed and offers advice on the use of such garden ornaments as a water basin, rain-catching stones, bronze cranes and deer, stone lanterns, benches, and bridges. There's a chapter on garden design and a list of suitable plants, trees, hedges, vines, and ground covers for the garden. --George Cohen