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Creating a Zen Garden in Your Backyard

 

People who are into gardening come up with many ideas and creativity, and it is no wonder that this is the most sought-after activity these days. While some prefer vertical gardening, others opt for traditional gardening. However, others like to incorporate other cultures’ gardening methods and recreate a Zen garden in their backyard. Some believe that it is a great way to relax one’s mind, reduce stress, improves health, and develop a sense of well-being.

What Is Zen Gardening?

 

Zen garden is a minimalist dry landscape with natural elements of rock, gravel, sand, and wood

with very few plants and no water included in the garden design.

 

Originating from medieval Japan, Zen gardening defies every known aspect of a typical garden yet is renowned for its simplicity and serenity. It is one of the most recognizable aspects of Japanese culture intended to stimulate meditation because these gardens, also known as dry landscapes, strip nature to its bare essentials and use sand and rocks to bring out the meaning of life. Zen Buddhist monks created the first zen gardens to aid in meditation for the sole purpose of offering the monks a place to meditate Buddha’s teachings. Muso Soseki, a great Zen monk, was recognized as the father of Zen landscaping. He created some of the oldest rock gardens and brought the popularity of this ambiguous landscaping technique around the fourteenth to the sixteenth century. The structure and designs of the gardens have improved over the years, but the basic structure, zen principles, and concepts remain the same.

 

The Purpose of Zen Gardening

 

Zen gardens have eight main elements, and each has its purpose. These elements are bridges, islands, small plants, sand, stones, trees, water, and waterfalls—but although flowers do not always apply in zen gardening, few of them, like irises and lilies, can be found near the water. For starters, a zen garden’s main layout in most cases would usually involve meticulously raked sand or gravel that would depict spirals or ripples, with precisely-placed rocks that would form a pattern. The use of stones in a zen garden has a specific symbolism—if stacked upright, they represent trees, while flat and horizontal ones symbolize water. Arching stones tell fire, and the sand may convey an expanse of water or a waterfall slithering down a mountain. All the other symbolisms you want to evoke may very well depend on your layout. Zen gardens usually contain a simple bridge or a pathway made of wood and stone, and in some cases, one would decorate them with lanterns. These features give the garden a sense of distance, and they can also be used as a focal point in viewing them or for meditation, whichever suits you. The use of focal points is where the term “shakkei” comes into play, as its meaning refers to a “borrowed landscape” of sorts, and it is the practice of using the surrounding landscape to make the garden appear to extend beyond its boundaries. But as an extra bit of advice: zen gardens must not contain a pond or even a body of water.

 

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Here are the steps you need to take up to achieve it in making your Japanese zen garden. The first thing you need to do is take a careful look at your backyard, decide where you want to create your rock garden, and determine its size and shape. While most rock gardens are rectangular or square, nothing is inconveniencing about using an irregular shape—besides that, bigger does not always mean better. A miniature Zen garden can still bring as much peace to your mind as a spacious one does, and it does not provide you with too many details. The next thing to do is remove all grass from the area on which you want to set up your rock garden and dig a shallow trench of about two to three inches deep around the border. After this, it would be best to cover the area with a landscaping tarp, as this would prevent weeds from growing through the sand or gravel—after this, tuck the edges of the tarp into the trench borders. Then, put bricks or small rocks over the trench to secure the tarp and mark out the boundary for your garden. If you feel uncomfortable using stones, you may use a low wooden fence—bamboo would be the most reliable material for this—as an alternative. Once you have finished, you can start arranging rocks on your zen garden, and then you may then rake the sand to create an image of streams or ripples. Next, you can add some moss, a bench for meditation purposes, and at least a few garden lamps for the aesthetic as a final touch. You’re all set!

If you find it too time-consuming, an alternative to the zen garden would be the miniature version of it. A tiny zen garden is an excellent choice for those who want to bring nature into their home without the necessities of sunlight and water. It is also an affordable and portable choice, as many websites and gift shops provide mini-zen-garden kits with a mini rake, a small bag of sand, a wooden tray, and an assortment of small rocks. If you feel inclined to exercise your creativity, you can make an indoor zen garden from scratch without having to toil away in taking away the grass or soil. Any shallow container would work, such as a serving tray, a shallow soup plate, or even a new photo frame. The decorative rocks and sand may come from a hardware store or an art supply shop, and last but not least, you need a mini-rake. A back-scratcher may even work as an alternative if used correctly! It depends on how you want to lay it out, and there is nothing wrong with integrating another culture into yours—Zen rock gardens are a form of art, and that applies to its smaller versions. You can innovate with it however you want it to be.

 

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