What is a Japanese garden

At its heart the Japanese garden remains an attempt by humans to encapsulate the spirit of Nature, recognising the cycle of seasonal changes and the transience of life. The original conception of the garden was to create an idyllic environment that would tempt the deities down from heaven to dwell in proximity to human beings.In Japan there are myriad ways in which this over-riding aim has been expressed. When one visits Japan it becomes immediately obvious that the range of gardens is vast, from tiny landscaped spaces outside contemporary apartment blocks to historic Imperial gardens which spread over many acres. Despite this huge range they are all linked by the continuity of a long tradition going back over 1400 years.

Outside Japan, Japanese-style gardens have been created across the world. These are inevitably adaptations in one way or another, to account for differing climatic conditions, architecture, availability of suitable planting material and the availability of appropriate maintenance skills.

Japanese Garden Styles

Garden styles Gardens in Japan are of two distinct types: those that are experienced by walking round them and those that are simply viewed from a building or veranda.

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Cultural Borrowing

The very notion of creating a “Japanese style garden” raises many interesting questions, not least whether it is possible at all to create a “Japanese garden” outside of its geographical and cultural origins.

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JGS Gardens and Show Gardens

2013 Tatton Park Flower Show Our 20th anniversary JGS garden called Reflections of Japan designed by Graham Hardman, sponsored by Bury Hospice and built by members of the JGS was awarded a Gold medal.

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