Serene, peaceful, balanced, simple words that describe the zen garden, the traditional Japanese language expressed through mineral means, through rocks and sand sculpting equilibrium, deaf, peaceful art around one`s home.

“What is a Zen Garden ?” is a recurring question today, in the following rows we`ll briefly describe and showcase Zen Garden Designs ideas that you might find interesting. In short, the zen garden is a representation of the natural world, one in which ponds or streams are often replaced with rock formations, white sand, moss and pruned trees, the wilderness tamed, restructured. A setting that contains light sand and stones is quite common too, no water or plants. Rocks are shaping the mountains where various others stones represent islands, water is presented in the form of sand or gravel and to further advance the sculptural component of the garden it can be raked or unraked.

“Why is sand raked in Zen Gardens ?” It is a highly difficult practice, raking the sand into waves or ripple patterns is a practice originally used by Zen Buddhists in the attempt to focus one`s mind and aid him in concentration. It goes without saying that the free form nature of sand cannot be simply controlled, it is a challenge to form the waves and ripples in the pursuit of perfection. Stones are sculpting the ripples and therefore they will weave and break the pattern allowing one to create a dramatic variation.

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A Zen Garden ought to be perceived from a certain angle, they`re not designed to be simply gazed at, every stone and sand pattern is shaped to obey certain perspective points thus creating balance. A stone that simply leans on one side ought to have a rock nearby to aid it, support it. Flat horizontal rocks are also more common than vertical rocks as they further emphasize balance.

1. ocean of sand nestled in vegetation

33 Calm and Peaceful Zen Garden Designs to Embrace

Zen Gardens have no certain scale, they`re present in huge expansive spaces just as they are in miniature desktop gardens, small portions of backyard are commonly transformed in peaceful, quiet spaces.

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2. mineral waves of great simplicity

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3. water and lush vegetation

Water can define a place, being interpreted as mineral or actually being water are two different things in materiality yet how you perceive and understand it is truly important.

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4. rocky landscape and water

33 Calm and Peaceful Zen Garden Designs to Embrace

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5. simple background transformed

Water, wood, stone, gravel and vegetation tailored to channel calm and peace.

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6. Serene zen garden in equilibrium

The water mirror anticipates balance in the form of raked gravel, rocks and punctual vegetation. The splendid setting here is animated by light as well.

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7. calm in nature

33 Calm and Peaceful Zen Garden Designs to Embrace

A Zen Garden can take many forms, the mineral presence often simplifies the principle of balance but a whole park can be designed with the same set of principles.

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8. safe passage embraced by stone and greenery

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9. contemporary refuge immersed in vegetation

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10. ocean of sand and gravel

Zen Gardens ought to help one find peace, concentration, it is traditionally a focus point used in Buddhist thought and meditation, quiet, peaceful contemplation. Writers and artists have often talked about how the methodical raking helps them find creativity.

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11. determine your balance

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12. contrast between elements 

Any space can shelter the striking form of art, meditation is something that you choose to do not something you ought to expect from the design itself. The contrast between the elements, the presence of the mineral can help one concentrate and focus indirectly, the ambiance seeks to balance itself with all its components, you included.

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13. tailor a small universe

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14. naturalness sculpted 

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15. blend vegetation with mineral components

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16. vegetation and water 

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17. zen garden organic INTERPRETATION

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18. peaceful layers

Transitions can be envisioned bold or seamless, equilibrium ought to define them regardless.

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19. oasis of serenity

A small backyard transformed with water features and lush vegetation seeking balance whilst offering one peace and calm.

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20. path through green heaven

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21. sculptural rectangular and organic composition

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22. water features bordering a small yard

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23. corner zen garden

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24. small yard ZEN garden landscaping

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25. space controlled by nature

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26. courtyard with a balanced zen core

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27. bamboo garden nourished by water

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28. ORGANIC garden landscape design

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29. surreal landscape shaped by simple elements

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30. oceans of raked sand

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31.  mineral zen garden design in control

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32. simple refuge, peaceful calm

In a highly fast-paced world the Zen Garden represents a beautiful point in which one chooses to simply stand still, to concentrate and focus, to find peace.

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33. create depth through layers

A scene can be layered by color, materials, textures, shapes, use these in the pursuit of balance.

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A Zen Garden can start small, a desktop kit is a click away if you`re unsure whether to start transforming your garden or seek balance and calm in little things. What do you think about the Zen Garden approach and how do you see the designs above? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

 

 

Anton Giuroiu

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