I am just beginning a long term project of constructing a Japanese style garden in my side yard. I am thinking of a tea garden. However, the site is on the south side of my house while the pictures I see of tea gardens are woodsy and shaded. I'm wondering how to reconcile this. Has anyone made a tea garden? I would also like to find out more about the tea ceremony, in case anyone can recommend some readings. Thank you.
at our house we have constructed a on a tea garden inspired garden which starts at north and ends at the south part of our house.
My website is : http://www.japansetuin.com (in dutch).
There are not many photos of our garden at the website now, but i will make sure that will be done within 2 weeks.
The autumn colors are great now at our garden, i am appreciating our garden every day.
Then i will send a message so that you can have a look.
Thank you, Ton. I will look for the pictures in a couple weeks. Did you combine a tea garden with a stroll garden and pond? I could divide my area in half and make the tea garden the upper part, farther from the house, and keep the part closer to the house for more traditional Japanese features. I think the views from inside the house will be important, especially in the rainy climate that we enjoy.
Yes, we combined a tea garden, with a pond and a stroll garden.
The length of our garden from entrance north to the south is 45 yards, at the entrance there is a landmark: a large stone and a gingko biloba tree and a euyonemus eulatus, than there is a bamboo fence to get the garden secluded, then azealas, then we have the front door (which is on the right side of our house), then there is a bamboo fence again, nice acer palamtums (also macro bonsai), and a tsukubai (to clean your hands and mouth, to get ready to enter to tea garden, then there is a large pond with a stroll garden around.
Not to forget: the path from the street till the tsukubai is all made with hundred of years old large stones with moss on it, which where used by a monastery which has been broken down ten years ago.
At the end there is a wooden sitting area which would normally be the tea house, we decided not to place a tea house (yet) but have a nice area to sit and relax in spring, summer and autumn - and drink tea of course :))
The tea garden has been made secluded at the south, west and east part with bamboo (Fargesia Asian Wonder, Fargesia Jiuzaghou 1 and some Phylostacus (this is not the proper spelling i think). We considered to make it secluded with a bamboo fence but then it would be to much secluded, the bamboo give enough privacy and wistles in the wind which is very nice sound and gets very nice new branches (especially the Fargesia Asian Wonder) during spring and autumn.
My in Japanese gardens specialized gardener said: in Japan bamboo is like grass in Holland they have to much of it, so they don't place much living bamboo in a Japanese garden, in Holland bamboo is very special and gives an garden an Asian feel and it's a very nice plant to make parts of your garden secluded and it grows very fast (we used ecological grown bamboo from the bamboo specialist in our country).
My website : http://www.japansetuin.com/
If you click on 'onze tuin' = our garden, then you get an impression about how it is .
If you click on 'foto's' = photos, you can see some pictures i made last winter in our garden.
I may advise you also to visit my other website : http://www.TraveltoJapan.eu with photos of my Japan trip during the autumn season at oktober / november 2009.
To get an impression of the 16 pages of this website i can recommend:
Next year i will be at the spring season (cherry flower, Hanami) in Japan.
i now added pictures of our garden to my website, so that you can have an impression how the garden has been designed and constructed.