The Art of the Japanese Garden

David and Michiko Young
Photography by David and Michiko Young, Ben Simmons, Keystone
Illustrations by Tan Hong Yew
Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing, 2015

2006 American Horticultural Society Award Winner

A German version has been published by Eugen Ulmer KG under the title, Die Garten Japans: Tradition & Moderne, 2006

Book Cover The Art of the Japanese GardenFrom the Jacket of The Art of the Japanese Garden:
Japanese gardens are rooted in two traditions: an indigenous prehistoric tradition in which patches of graveled forest or pebbled beach were dedicated to nature spirts, and a tradition from China and Korea that included elements such as ponds, streams, waterfalls, rock compositions and a variety of vegetation. This book traces the development and blending of these two traditions as well as the inclusion of new features as gardening reached new heights of sophistication on Japanese soil.

It presents a number of the most notable gardens in Japan, including graveled courtyards, early aristocratic gardens, esoteric and paradise gardens, Zen gardens, warrior gardens, tea gardens and stroll gardens.

Also included are sections on modern trends and Japanese gardens in other countries.

People have this to say about our book:

"This book is so roundly written that it could, if necessary, serve as the only book one had to introduce and explain to Westerners the basic components of Japanese gardens."
—The American Gardener

"A well written and beautifully illustrated reference book intended for a broad audience. It is a great book for becoming acquainted with the topic of Japanese gardens."
—Landscape Architecture

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