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The Japanese Garden

The Japanese garden is full of ancient symbolism and imagery, a visual feast as well as an aural and emotional experience. In this wonderful book you will find a distillation of everything you need to know about one of the most enduring forms of landscape gardening. Opening with a fascinating chapter on the history and evolution of the Japanese Garden, this introductory guide examines the ancient influences that have brought this type of landscape gardening into the 21st century, before focusing on the essential elements of the Japanese garden, both natural and man-made. The first part of the book introduces the five main styles of Japanese garden ? pond, dry, tea, stroll and courtyard ? explaining their significance and how they have been used in the past. The book then goes on to cover classic decorative features such as dry water, topiary and tsukubai, followed by a practical plant directory providing an evaluation of some of the plants traditionally used, with advice on flowering habits, key growth stages and hardiness. Beautifully illustrated with more than 80 colour images, this is an inspiring and practical guide to one of the most stylish and contemporary forms of landscape gardening.
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About the Author

Charles Chesshire is a highly regarded garden designer and writer. He has designed gardens in America and Britain, and is consultant to Sudeley Castle Gardens in Gloucestershire. Fascinated by the connection of Zen meditation to the philosophy and design of Japanese gardens, he has studied and toured Japan on a number of occasions. He also helped to introduce a number of new varieties of clematis from Japan, when he was curator of the National Collection of Clematis held in Burford House Gardens, Worcestershire. Charles lectures widely on a number of subjects, including Japanese gardens.

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