Appreciating Nature through Gardening

Japanese Garden Paths

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Every step of the journey is the journey.  I found design inspiration in the myriad path styles and techniques. Unlike American gardens, organic mulch was almost non-existent. Typically, the soil was left bare, making it easy to rake or sweep walks clear of debris.   Only bamboo groves had a mulch of old stems left on site.  Many steeper paths featured  stone  or faux bois water bars and stone channels for erosion control. More heavily traveled ways used gravel or combinations of stone and concrete.


7 responses

  1. Inspirational and practical at the same time. Beautiful!

    February 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm

  2. Hi, I am a blogger that approved your wonderful blog on Blotanical. I hope you drop in my blog to say hi. Being a designer, I was very impressed by what I saw here. Loved the paths.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm

  3. Always love a Japanese garden, so serene and and has a clean line, simple barely there arrangement and design. Those paths are something else!

    February 16, 2011 at 6:30 am

    • Thanks so much for your comments! The Western tradition tends to focus on the rules of making paths… must be so wide, not too steep, even spacing of steps or stones, etc… making a perfect path that loses its way aesthetically. Strolling these Eastern paths slowed the pace and increased awareness of one’s surroundings — the whole point of being in a garden. Please visit again!

      February 16, 2011 at 6:47 am

  4. beautiful and inspiring slide-show, and some lovely stonework as well, thanks

    February 16, 2011 at 7:07 am

  5. Some wonderful ideas… each brings a sense of peace.

    February 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm

  6. These are each beautiful, and I can see how they would slow the step. I am putting in a new pathway this spring. Thanks for some design inspiration.

    February 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm