Japanese Garden Design Services

Jade Pavilions is now able to offer a Japanese garden design service. With over ten years experience in Japanese gardens and personal involvement with the Japanese Garden Society for much of that time, we have designed and built a number of show gardens to display our products. Our service is for design only, be it a courtyard, dry landscape or stroll garden and is available at two levels. We conduct a telephone interview to understand the brief and establish objectives, preferences etc. This together with photographs of the area under consideration plus dimensions will form the basis of the design report. This will include the detail of the design, the hard and soft landscaping aspects. A second level of detail is available including detailed planting layout and artists impression.

The initial design proposal price is from £300 depending on the scale of the project. The detailed plans are priced strictly according to scale. Where the topography of the area is somewhat uneven a site survey may be required, which would be priced on a time and materials basis.

Our 2013 show garden at the Taunton Flower Show (shown) was awarded a silver medal, a step up on last years bronze and an interview on BBC Radio Somerset.

Customers include the National Trust, Zen Restaurant Bristol, Devon Guild of Craftsmen and private clients. Our latest project is the creation of a garden for a corporate event for a Japanese bank; details below:

Tea Garden of a Thousand Cranes (Sen Tsuru no Cha Niwa)

The design symbolises the river of life as interpreted at Daisen-in temple in Kyoto “A tall stone by the waterfall represents Mount Horai (the mystical mountain at the centre of the Buddhist world) with waters plunging from the mountain forming streams, merging into rivers and ending in the great sea, represented by gravel. The water represents the impetuous energy of man rushing down the stream of life, the rapids of the impulsiveness of youth, the whirlpools of dismay and the bridge of doubt and contradiction. After which the stream widens out symbolising the broadening of human experience following the trials and hardship of youth. The ship laden with the treasures of life comes into view and the turtle endeavouring to swim back against the current reminds of the futility to return to the past, while the stream of life flows ever onward. The stream flows into the sea of nothingness where the rocks of covetousness and greed have disappeared leaving only purity”. An added dimension is the flight of the cranes taking the departed to the after life.

The garden is a tea garden or roji - a traditional roji is intended not to distract from the tea ceremony and symbolises a pathway through the mountains to the rustic hut where the ceremony takes place. The design provides some elements of the roji whilst offering views of a Zen dry landscape style area, which can be viewed from both the main path and the tea house. The design has five main components;

 

A display of chrysanthemums greets the visitor as is the case in many Japanese temples and shrines at this time of year. Displays include blooms, multi stemmed (1000+ on a single plant) displays and bonsaied variants.

 

A waiting arbour – here the guests wait and mentally prepare, with adjacent illuminated crouching basin with splash stones for washing the hands.

A small dry river bed winds its way from the source near the arbour, traverses the garden and ends up in the sea of maturity with a crane island and turtle rock arrangement reflecting the story of the river of life. A stepping stone path winds through the garden, crossing the sea via a zig-zag bridge (devils can not cross such a structure) to the bamboo/cedar tea house.

The teahouse is a rustic shelter set with tatami matting and laid out for the tea ceremony. The shoes are left out side along with ones worldly cares. In reality the garden should not be visible from inside the teahouse.

Zen dry landscape (kare sansui) garden with rocks, gravel, “moss” and planting can be seen on the other side of the main path. The rocks represent the unity of the triad of heaven, earth and man.