We’ve loved Japanese gardens since 1910, when the Japan-British Exhibition brought eight million people to London to marvel at display gardens featuring miniature Mount Fuji and vibrant maple or maple trees.
In the ensuing enthusiasm for Japanese gardens, the English aristocracy shipped boulders, trees and entire buildings from the Far East to fill their acres with teahouses, ornamental bridges and immaculately raked gravel. Over a hundred years later, Japanese gardens still fascinate us and have never felt so contemporary. Often offering a simple palette of peaceful greens, rocks, gravel and water with winding pathways and secluded spots to sit quietly, they are places of rest and contemplation and an escape from the stresses of modern life.
Here are a few simple Japanese garden ideas to help you create your own Zen masterpiece.