Miniature Zen gardens were created originally by the Japanese, and they take on significant natural and artificial elements for peace. They are designed to allow you to sit and contemplate for a while at your desk. You can create your own miniature Zen garden where you can create your own sanctuary without leaving the office.
Since 13 Century Japanese monks used them as a spiritual place to view and meditate. Miniature Zen gardens provide a three dimensional image, which is planned with a foreground, and to provide a background perspective. There are a few key types of zen garden;
- Kanshoh-style which is viewed from your residence
- Tea Garden
- Pond Garden
- Dry landscape style like a rock garden
- A Rolling garden
These all incorporate a few key elements. You can create your own perfect peace of zen by balancing out these elements.
Stone and Pebbles
Pebbles in your Miniature Zen garden are most often mild and rounded cobbles as large as size of peas like a potato. They are used to create fields on the ground, a base-level offering for the arts, and to outline a stepping stone paths. Strategically placed rocks and stones are used as design features in the garden. Stones are often positioned so they protrude from the water or in a raked sand garden. Large stones and boulders are seen as islands in the Japanese garden. Stone lanterns are often placed next to a pathway or near a water feature. The role of the stone can not be overemphasized, since it provides the structural basis of the hardscape design.