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Zen Garden
David Holzer
0760773203
September 2005
Other Format
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The Art of Setting Stones: And Other Writings from the Japanese Garden

1880656701


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Review
"This series of essays may be one of our most important modern interpretations of the meaning of the garden." -Donald Richie

Book Description
In Japanese gardens, composition follows from placement of the first stone; all elements and plantings become interconnected. These eight essays on Kyoto gardens similarly begin with keen description and build into richly meditative excursions into art, Buddhism, nature, and science. Landscape architect Marc Keane shows how Japanese gardens are both a microcosm of the natural universe and a clear expression of our humanity, mirroring how we think, worship, and organize our lives and communities. Filled with passages of alluring beauty, this is a truly transcendent book about "experiencing" Japanese design.Marc Peter Keane has lived in Kyoto for 17...


Creating Your Own Japanese Garden

087040962X


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Book Description
Written by a Japanese landscape architect who lived and worked overseas, this book offers detailed step-by-step advice on how to design and construct Japanese gardens in various environments, using only materials widely available in the West.


The Mini Zen Gardening Kit ( Mega Mini Kit Series)
Staff of Running Press
0762408286
August 2000
Other Format
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Book Description
This carry-along version of our enormously popular Zen Gardening Kit provides a touch of tranquility on the go. Packaged with a 32-page introduction to the aesthetic enlightenment of Zen gardening, it includes a tray, fine sand, decorative rocks, and a miniature wooden rake.


Bonsai
Harry Tomlinson
0789496879
Sept 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Breaks down key information on cultivating bonsai into 101 easy-to-grasp tips and gives quick answers to all your questions. Harry Tomlinson is one of Europe's leading bonsai artists and instructors. He has exhibited and judged bonsai all over the world. He is also the author of several books including DK's The Complete Book of Bonsai.


Creating Japanese Gardens (Ortho's All About Series)
Ortho Books (Editor)
0897214897
January 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
These days, people crave gardens that fill the soul and comfort the body. Japanese gardening answers those yearnings.

This book demonstrates how to:

Create a feeling of sanctuary

Make tranquil spaces

Arrange plants and ornaments

Use centuries-old garden design techniques:

Emphasize personal taste

Calm a busy lifestyle

Inspire peace of mind

Reflect nature to create serenity:

Appropriate plant selections

Traditional design

Contemporary looks



The Art of the Bonsai Potato Mini Kit
Jeffrey E. Fitzsimmons
0762416718
Sept 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Instant Karma! Our original Bonsai Mini Kit has sold 600,000 copies. This tongue-in-cheek kit pokes fun at western culture's twin desires for inner harmony and instant gratification. A Bonsai Potato grows in about a month. Miniature pruning shears and scissors are included to help your Bonsai Potato fulfill its true inner vision.


The Art of Japanese Gardens: Designing and Making Your Own Peaceful Space
Herb L Gustafson
0806917784
December 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Often gardeners become so enslaved to the work of maintenance and transformation that they neglect the meditative potential of their green space. Worrying over the details, the whole picture is sometimes lost. This is an attitude Herb Gustafson hopes to check in The Art of Japanese Gardens, a beautifully photographed book that creates in the reader a longing for total silence. Photographs of tranquil bridges, bright spidery Japanese maple leaves, and shimmering ponds are accompanied by unpretentious philosophical asides like "Our gardens can become a profound representation of the universe as a whole," and "We must pause to reflect on our journey thus far." Gustafson is not a stickler for historical detail: his notion of a "Japanese" garden is a hybrid of styles, some ancient, some modern. Chapters include "Boundaries," in...


Japanese Maples
J. D. Vertrees, Peter Gregory
0881925012
May 15, 2001
Hardcover
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D.H. Pfister, Choice, November 2001
Whether planting a single specimen tree or seriously collecting maples, this is the reference book to consult.

Review
Nicola Green Whaley Leaf : Still one of the best reference books I've found on Japanese Maples, so far.
John van de Water Newark Star-Ledger : Since 1978, the basic information source on these small trees has been 'Japanese Maples' by J.D. Vertrees. Now, we have a valuable new third edition greatly enlarged and brought up to datte by maple expert Peter Gregory.
D. H. Pfister Choice : Whether planting a single specimen tree or seriously collecting maples, this is the reference book to consult.
Joel M. Lerner Washington Post : The ultimate book about the aristocrat of trees...the only English-language...


Japanese Gardens 2006 Calendar

1595014446


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Book Description
These exquisite photographs by Kenji Kobayashi reflect the desire for simplicity and reverence for nature forever embodied in the cherished Japanese garden.


The Complete Book of Bonsai
Harry Tomlinson
1558591184
March 1991
Hardcover
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The Mini Bonsai Kit
Robert W. King
0762409746
March 2001
Other Format
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Bonsai
Brenda Jackson
0895776472
Jan 1995
Paperback
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Midwest Book Review
Here's a handy bonsai book which provides a fine visual explanation of the art of bonsai; from growing bonsai from seed to the challenges of proper styling. The A-Z species guide is accompanied by excellent-quality visual details and includes plenty of cultivation guidelines.

Book Description
The best bonsai book on the market! A complete guide to the art of bonsai, from design and choosing the tree, to pruning, wiring and propagating. It offers precise step-by-step instructions on how to work with each of the 15 classic bonsai styles.


The Modern Japanese Garden
Michiko Rico Nose, et al
0804834377
July 2002
Hardcover
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Essential Bonsai: The Complete Handbook for Creating and Growing Your Own Bonsai
Ken Norman
0760741808
April 2003
Hardcover
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Bonsai Basics: A Step-By-Step Guide To Growing, Training & General Care
Christian Pessey
0806903279
March 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
This simple guide for first-time bonsai growers, with easy instructions and more than 200 full-color photos and drawings, covers selecting a hardy specimen; the essentials of pruning, wiring, and aging; and keeping your bonsai healthy. Learn the many styles of bonsai shaping, important tree forms, forest groupings, and more.


Creating Bonsai Landscapes
Su Chin Ee
1580174841
Feb 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Western home and garden design has been increasingly influenced in recent years by ancient Eastern traditions. Feng shui masters are now routinely consulted by architects and interior designers, and bonsai gardening continues to fascinate and inspire. In CREATING BONSAI LANDSCAPES, the spirit of the East is recreated in 25 stunning miniature landscapes that not only are a delight to look at but also lend a harmonizing and soothing force to any environment. Su Chin Ee works with a Chinese form of bonsai art known as penjing - which literally translates as "landscape in a pot or dish" - to create her designs. The art of bonsai was developed as a means to please the ancestors so that they would bestow blessings and wealth for generations to come. Su explains how each bonsai landscape in the book conveys different...


Hidden Gardens of Kyoto
Masaaki Ono
4770029373
June 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Kyoto gardens epitomize the austere yet visually potent elements of Japanese garden design. Mizuno's exquisite photography reveals the essential attributes of Japan's primary garden styles, offering breathtaking glimpses of private landscapes where refined textural effects are achieved in vast ponds surrounded by emerald evergreens, dry gravel waterfalls, and mossy expanses. Although the text accompanying each image is brief, Ono deftly explicates the consequence of a rock's placement or the calligraphic potency of raked stone, and clearly delineates the significant aspects of the pond, dry landscape, and tea garden. From the dynamic asymmetry governing a composition of shapely trees to the transitory response engendered by falling leaves, an ethereal perfection comes to pass in Mizuno and Ono's melding of words and...


Bonsai Survival Manual
Colin Lewis
0882668536
Jan 1996
Paperback
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From Booklist
Survival is the key word here, for these delicate plants are difficult to care for. Lewis, founder of Bonsai magazine, has written a guide to buying and maintaining a bonsai. There are instructions on shaping, pruning, repotting, and pests and diseases. Lewis lists 50 popular species, with specific information on growing each tree--maple, bamboo, hornbeam, hackberry, quince, cypress, cotoneaster, cedar, beech, ficus, juniper, myrtle, pine, etc. Four-color photographs throughout, primarily for beginners. George Cohen

Book Description
From advice on evaluating and selecting plants, to assessing plant health, and troubleshooting, this comprehensive guide is any readers step-by-step entry into this ancient and beautiful living art. Covers over 50 varieties of...


Japanese Touch for Your Garden
Kiyoshi Seike, et al
4770016611
February 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
Here is a concise introduction to the practical aspects of making a Japanese garden. Whether your garden is a spacious suburban lot, an office countyard, or a tiny inner-city backyard, you will find here hundreds of creative but time-honored ways to make maximum use of the space you have. You will learn how to lay stones and pathways and how to create intriguing sand patterns like the ones in Zen temple gardens. You will learn about Japanese lanterns, miniature pagodas, water basins, gates, and walls, and will be shown step by step how to make a bamboo lattice fence. Notes on the care of bamboo, moss, and grass are provided as are names of native North American plants and trees that can be substituted for conventional Japanese varieties. Schematic layout plans, detailed how-to explanations, and over 130 color...


Japanese Gardening in Small Spaces: Step-by-Step Illustrations
Isao Yoshikawa
0870409778
February 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
A practical guide to planning and constructing a Japanese garden at home. Step-by-step instructions explain every facet, from displaying plants and rocks to mastering drainage and lighting to creating bamboo fences and hedges.

About the Author
ISAO YOSHIKAWA was born in 1940 in Tokyo. Having gained a degree in architecture from Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo, he expanded his career as a keen and creative garden designer, and established the Japan Garden Society in 1963. Besides representing this society and his own laboratory, Yoshikawa Isao Garden Research Institute, he sits on the executive board of the China Landscape Architects Society in both Suzhou and Hangzhou as an honorary member. He has written numerous books on gardening including THE BAMBOO FENCES OF...


Bonsai
Werner M. Busch
1585744417
Jan 2002
Paperback
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From Booklist
Busch reveals the mysteries of creating the dramatic, often startling miniature plants that typify the art of Bonsai. He highlights more than 30 native species of deciduous trees, shrubs, and conifers and explains the necessary elements of growing and shaping them. He offers detailed pointers on Bonsai's aesthetic requirements, and numerous color photographs illustrate this art form that originated in China and evolved more fully in Japan. Written for newcomers, Busch's manual yet provides helpful counsel to experienced gardeners, too. Alice Joyce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review
"Armed with this book, anyone can have a go at growing bonsai."--Organic Gardening


Landscapes for Small Spaces: Japanese Courtyard Gardens
Katsuhiko Mizuno, John Bester (Translator)
4770028741
October 2002
Hardcover
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The Daily Yomiuri
...a collection of beautifully framed and thoughtful shots that capture all aspects of tsuboniwa.

Home Beautiful
Packed with shots of great views and materials, like bamboo, ferns, pebbles and all sorts of plants.

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Japanese Gardens in a Weekend: Projects for One, Two or Three Weekends
Robert Ketchell
060061428X
March 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Japanese gardens have a matchless allure—so still, and with a profound sense of beauty. All the more amazing, then, that you can construct such a special place so quickly, with this guide to planning, materials, plants, pruning, and special additions.  The transformation can begin in a single weekend with a miniature Japanese garden in an old sink for display on a balcony or patio, or with trellis panels made from bamboo.  It takes two weekends to add a zigzag bridge as a centerpiece to an iris garden or to put up an arbor.  In less than a month, you can enjoy a vertical garden on a sleep slope, a heart-shaped pool with rockery, waterfall, or tea garden.  The work lasts only a short time—the pleasure, forever.
 
“Ketchell has compiled a realistic guide to constructing...


Classic Bonsai of Japan
Nippon Bonsai Association, John Bester (Translator)
4770029926
March 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
"It is not only the length of its lifespan that distinguishes the immobile tree from birds that fly, fish that swim, and men and beasts that walk over the earth; it is also the only living thing that creates, within itself, annual rings spelling out the history of its life." Bonsai, dwarf trees, contain "a record of our ancestors' trials and tribulations" in "less space than a man can encompass with his arms." This (ironically) oversize book includes 200 full-color and black-and-white photographs of Japanese specimens ranging in age from a mere five to 1000 years, and from the cheerful winter jasmine, bedecked with yellow blooms, to wizened junipers with twisted limbs. Bonsai specialists Naka, Aragaki and Marushima detail history, cultivation and stylistic nuances. Presented in an oddly luxe fashion for such an...

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