Japanese Gardening Organization presents:



by Andrew R. Deane

The Japanese Gardening Organization will present discussion topics in both dynamic online formats (see WIKI below) and live interactive events on this work during 2016.  If you are interested in obtaining an advanced copy of the complete handbook, see If You Don’t Want to Wait at the bottom of this page.



PART ONE:  DESIGN & CRAFT is the first of 5 parts in this comprehensive work on Japanese Gardens.  Here we explore the aesthetics, artistic principles, garden types, designers, builders, and the transference of this knowledge.


Part 1: Design & Craft



A WIKI for Japanese Gardening A Japanese Garden Handbook will be posted in a format that facilitates comments, opinions and additions that will be considered for inclusion in this online version.  In essence this becomes a JAPANESE GARDENING WIKIPEDIA for Japanese gardening information, history and how-to’s - the first of its kind that we know of!

AND IF YOU DON’T WANT TO WAIT…  JGO is in the process of securing a publisher for this entire work.  If you are interested in purchasing an advance copy of this work, please contact us at development@japanesegardening.org.  All profits from the sales will go to sustaining The Japanese Gardening Organization and supporting its programs. JGO hopes you will learn and benefit from this outstanding reference and its beautiful photographs.  We welcome your feedback, and as always, appreciate your support.  We remain a non-profit, volunteer driven organization supported completely by donations.


The Rest of the Story:


This publication provides an encyclopedic overview of the entire field of study of Japanese gardens, covering terms, ideals, philosophies, design considerations and the craft of Japanese gardens.  The remaining chapters are listed below:

  • Part Two: Essential Elements (laying out the use of the elemental materials of a Japanese garden: Stone, water, & plantings)
  • Part Three: Ancillary Elements (elements that make a garden peculiarly Japanese: Paths, bridges, lanterns, water basins, & stone towers; architecture, gates, walls, fences & borrowed scenery)
  • Part Four: Culture and Context (covering religious, philosophical, geomantic & cultural influences)
  • Part Five: Historical Canvas (providing a brief but useful historical overview)


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