Tag Archives: Learning Japanese Garden Techniques

How to Prune Weeping Japanese Maples

Weeping Japanese maples, Acer palmatum var. dissectum, can make wonderful specimen trees for certain landscape spaces, particularly where their delicate leaf and branch pattern can be appreciated from up close. Urban Japanese gardens, courtyard gardens, along an entrance path to a home, or near a patio are some examples. Pruning dissectum maples is similar to […]

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Japanese Garden Planting Techniques: Tamamono

TAMAMONO: A VALUABLE JAPANESE GARDEN TECHNIQUE The literal meaning of Tamamono in Japanese is “round thing,” but as a garden term it refers to shrubs that are shaped in a semi-spherical way, like the azaleas shown in the photograph here. Tamamono are typically shaped with a set of shears and/or with hand-snips. Best results are […]

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How to do a Japanese Gardening Internship in Japan

THE IMPORTANCE OF JAPANESE LANGUAGE SKILLS The beauty of Japanese gardens has inspired many people to study the tradition of Japanese Gardening. Reading up on the subject and visiting the gardens of Japan are typical ways that indivivuals get started with their study. But the necessesity of doing hands-on training should become obvious, and when […]

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Japanese Garden Internship in Japan

THE BEST WAY TO LEARN THE PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES OF JAPANESE GARDENING IS TO DO AN INTERNSHIP IN JAPAN When done right, Japanese gardens are like works of living art. Creating such high quality landscapes takes a lot of study and dedication. To some extent reading the right material, and studying the gardens of Japan […]

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Japanese Garden Design Principle Number One

AN IMPORTANT TIP FROM YOUR NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY JAPANESE GARDEN DESIGNER The most important Japanese garden design principle is incredibly straightforward, yet often ignored outside of Japan. Everything else works off of this concept, which is, believe it or not, DESIGN THE GARDEN TO BE PRIMARILY VIEWED FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE. Think about […]

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Japanese Gardens: A Source of Inspiration

Japanese gardens have been an immense source of inspiration for us, and Japan’s garden tradition a continuing educational resource. We have realized that Japanese gardening has a set of well-tested principles that are both universal and timeless. The value that these principles hold lies in the fact that they can be successfully applied anywhere and […]

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Training in Japan FAQs

(The following is taken from an article written by Asher Browne in the March 2007 issue of Sukiya Living, The Journal of Japanese Gardening) Over the past several years, I have been approached by quite a few individuals who are interested in training in Japan as a gardener or other type of artisan. The steady […]

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Japanese Garden Training in Japan

Spending quality time training in Japan is one of the most important steps in the process of learning the basic set of Japanese gardening skills. During Asher Browne’s eight years living in Japan, the first four years were spent studying gardens through visitations, and the last four years immersed as a full-time employee at Japanese […]

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