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Japanese-Style Gardens

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A concise, authoritative overview of Japanese gardens in the United States

Japanese-inspired gardens have delighted Americans since they were introduced in the United States a century ago. Their style has evolved from the earliest public display gardens to the friendship gardens of the postwar period to more recent naturalistic woodland gardens. Yet they have always been cherished places to connect with nature and experience one of the world’s most revered cultural traditions.


In-depth, beautifully photographed profiles of eight of the most iconic Japanese-style public gardens in the United States
A primer on the historical roots of Japanese garden styles, including tea gardens and dry rock gardens
Essays and commentary by the most respected names in Japanese garden design
Practical information on how to design, choose plants for, and care for a Japanese-inspired garden at home
Tips for how to interpret public Japanese gardens and lead tour groups