The New Zen Garden

Author(s): Joseph Cali


In the tradition of Japanese Touch for Your Garden, the perfect book for contemplating a Zen-style garden for home or townhouse, yard or balcony. Japanese gardens are renowned for their serene and peaceful ambiance. The New Zen Garden presents the Japanese garden as it exists today, with all its traditional qualities joined to modern architecture and viewed from a modern perspective. This book takes the concept introduced in the best-selling Japanese Touch for Your Garden and, focusing on the more contemplative gardens that are drawing greater and greater attention, blends it with a more practical approach. Lavishly illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs and featuring the works of contemporary garden designers and landscape architects, The New Zen Garden begins with a brief introduction of the history of the Japanese garden and its spiritual roots. It then guides the reader through the basics of garden concepts, layout, and personal needs. With a focus on small- and medium-size home gardens, author Joseph Cali introduces a visually explicit process in which anyone can conceive their own home garden, whether for a single-family residence or the balcony of an apartment or townhouse. Cali also includes a handful 'spotlight sections' that feature guidance from prominent Japanese garden designers, each of whom steers the reader step-by-step through a specific building technique, including the making of textured clay walls, traditional stone walkways, and stone settings. The New Zen Garden provides a wealth of information on designing a garden to harmonize with any home or private space. It is a provocative eye-opener both for the serious Japanese garden enthusiast and the weekend gardener.


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"When the chaos overwhelms you, find a moment to pick up Japan-based designer Joseph Cali's excellent book on Zen gardens. Photos of classic and contemporary designs-modest sand-and-stone courtyards and green gardens with waterfalls and ponds-exude tranquility. -Los Angeles Times

"Just looking at the gorgeous photos alone will help calm the bewildered mind... What a perfect corner from which to read my ever-growing pile of books!" -Asian Week

"The New Zen Garden will help you design a Japanese garden perfect enough to make all your neighbors jealous." ?Water Gardening Magazine

General Fields

  • : 9784770029812
  • : kodan1
  • : kodan1
  • : June 2004
  • : 310mm X 228mm X 16mm
  • : Japan
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Joseph Cali
  • : Hardback
  • : 712.60952
  • : 88
  • : 100 photographs