My name is Willard and today is my first official day as a member of this group, which I found quite by accident after countless hours searching the internet for inspiration. I am truly a novice although I have "enjoyed" viewing and experiencing Japanese and Asian gardens for quite some time. My exploration has been through actual visits and readings. I am looking forward to gaining knowledge through the shared experiences of the group. I have already learned quite a bit in the first few hours reviewing threads. I live in Indiana and have a small somewhat level space in the back of my house about 40' by 80' which I "hope" to convert over the next "several" of years to a place of serenity; combining adaptive features of water-gardens, koi ponds and rock garden features.
Since you have the opportunity to start fresh, take time to ask about some of the primary Japanese garden considerations.
-Purpose: Is "place of serenity" the main idea to be expressed?
-Relationships: to environment, site, community, owners
-Perspective: views to select, control, create
-Use of space: particularly "ma", horizons
-Transitions: openings, closures, experiences
There's a lifetime of delight to be explored while deciding "how, then, shall we live"?
thank you for your welcome, statements and questions. There a few details left out of my intro, your questions bring them to mind now and will help me to focus as I move forward. My space is fenced and private, so the only viewers will be family and invited guest. I fenced the yard last year and this year my fiancé and I spent a great deal of time "undoing" the work of the previous owners. The garden was completely overgrown and full of weeds. I retired in February of this year so I have plenty of time to do and try things. Learning as I go, re-doing as I realize that some things don't fit or turn out as I envision them. This past Spring we put in a couple of starter Koi ponds (pre-formed) just to see if it might fit. Next summer, i'll probably remove the preformed ponds and go for larger options. I don't want to put too much in this introductory thread, however, i'll surely start a few additional threads in the appropriate sections. Thank you again for your welcome and insights, I've included them in my notes.
Welcome to the forum, Willard. I hope you find the inspiration and answers!
Welcome aboard Willard! lots of great folks to help you out here. Have you posted a picture of two of your garden space and existing pond? I am in the midst of considering a pond in my yard, I would love to see it.
Thanks and good luck! :)