THE JAPANESE GARDEN TRADITION
The heart of the Japanese garden tradition takes inspiration from regional sceneries, plant and geological habitats, and creatively interprets nature in a confined space. The essence of this process is not to miniaturize or copy nature but to accentuate natural patterns, forms, and rhythms in a man-made environment to evoke feelings that are experienced when out in nature. The garden space becomes a place where one becomes aware of the forces and spirit of nature; where the subtle changes of the seasons create a heightened awareness of our ancient connection with the natural world.
The materials we tend to associate with nature become the principal building blocks for creating the Japanese-inspired garden. Rocks, plants and water—real or implied through gravel—are more essential than cliché elements so often found in the popular media. Japanese aesthetic principles are our guiding compass in arranging these elements so as to create balance, harmony, and a mood of quiet beauty.
Consultation begins with assessing the nature and scope of the project. Upon accepting the project we will proceed by ascertaining the potentials and liabilities of the site such as drainage, soil fertility and infrastructure.
A concept design is rendered in form of sketches, approximating the garden outlines and placement of rocks and plants. This approach differs from conventional blueprints (pure design) where features and elements have a fixed place. The concept design allows room for thoughtful spontaneity and creative intervention in the installation process in response to the changing garden environment. We work closely with our client to discuss any potential changes that differ from the original plan.