Be the Architect of Your Own Zen Garden

Be the Architect of Your Own Zen Garden

The benefits of a Zen Garden are many and building your very own is easy on the wallet, and to put together too.

Zen Gardens are not just aesthetic to look at but fulfil a higher purpose; they help relieve stress and bring single-minded focus. Zen Gardens have been adopted across the globe as a regular feature of homes and offices after they were found to possess the mysterious quality of inducing tranquillity. Considering how compact most living and working situations are today, Zen Gardens prove to work their magic even in the least available spaces.

What is a Zen Garden?

The Japanese rock garden or ‘dry landscape’ garden is popularly referred to as a Zen garden. Basically, it is a miniature, stylized landscape created through carefully composed arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, pruned trees and bushes, and uses gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water.

A Zen garden is a deeply spiritual aspect of Japanese gardening traditions. A typical Zen garden consists of an enclosed and shallow sand box, which predominantly contains sand or gravel with rocks of various shapes and sizes.

The sand or gravel represents the sea or ocean and is used instead of water while the rocks represent islands.


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Benefits of a Zen Garden:

- Zen Gardens can be the ideal place for the meditative activities that many of us need in our daily lives. If you’re looking for a serene, calming activity to balance your lifestyle, Zen Gardens prove to be a great solution.

- A Zen Garden, with its simplicity and elegance, can add the perfect splash of beauty and creativity to any space, right from your home to your office desk. Better yet, their simplicity allows you to adapt them in any way you like.

- The 2 main aspects of a Zen Garden are rocks and sand, both of which are pretty common and hence, pretty inexpensive. This makes owning a Zen Garden a rather wallet-friendly endeavour.

- Zen Gardens can be as small as large as you’d like them to be. They are very adaptable to the space available and hence are a very flexible and convenient choice.

How to build a Zen Garden:

1. Decide on the size of your Zen garden. Are you looking to build a garden for your balcony or for your work desk? Best part is, the steps stay the same irrespective of the size of your garden.

2. Depending on the size of the garden you’re interested in, build an appropriate wooden mould to contain the sand/gravel.

3. After you’ve built the basic shape of your mould, go ahead and decorate the wood by painting, staining or varnishing it.

4. Place a weed retainer like a black plastic down prior to setting your Zen garden mould.

5. Now, fill the mould to the top with sand or gravel. Make sure you spread the sand or gravel as evenly as possible.

6. Now add rocks at random to the mould by half-submerging them in the sand; the more interesting the shape, colour and texture the better. You can also add other elements like vegetation and miniature statues but make sure not to clutter your Zen Garden.

7. Last but by no means the least, rake the sand or gravel in long, curving strokes to represent water ripples. Voila, your Zen Garden is complete!

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