Japanese Gardening Reference Library

Information, articles and how-to’s for Japanese Gardeners

Japanese Garden Design & Theory

first_lightWhy are Japanese gardens so desirable? How do they affect our societies? These and other questions will be explored in this section.

Garden Design & Theory

Japanese Gardening Tools

sawsStarting with the right tools can save trouble later. This section offers descriptions and reviews plus suggestions for a couple of basic tools along with how to keep them clean and sharp.

Japanese Garden Tools

Bamboo Fences, Etc.

extra-special-lacingEnclosures and boundaries in Japanese gardens are a basic design consideration.  Here are examples of bamboo fences and methods of construction.

Bamboo Fencing, etc.

Stone Lanterns & Basins

lanterns12aWhile too many “adornments” are not ideal, properly placed lanterns, markers, and basins are highly valued in the Japanese garden. We discuss stone lanterns, basins and other stone elements.


Stone Lanterns & Basins


shin_gyoJapanese garden pathways are very much part of the experience and design, guiding visitors to important points or features, even directing views and cadence of the journey.


Japanese Garden Paths

Japanese Garden Plants

happa_juniInformation on pruning, candling and guiding growth of Japanese Black Pine, notes on pruning Japanese Maple, and a list of plants to use in warm, arid climates.

 Japanese Garden Plants

The Tea Garden

chirianaThe “Way of Tea” has a major influence on Japanese garden design. This article offers an account of a formal Japanese tea ceremony in a traditional Tea Garden.

 The Way of Tea

Japanese Gardening Terms

tsukubai A dynamic list of over 150 common terms used in Japanese gardening that may be helpful to know.  They are listed here along with their meaning and Kanji form.  Related list: ‘tea terms‘.

Japanese Garden Terms

JGO Gallery

Don's lower pondA gallery of photos & sketches relating to Japanese gardens, many posted by JGO forum members.  The section includes photos of gardens in Japan, private gardens around the world, carpentry techniques, pond building and more.

JGO Galleries

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